One Less Jones?

One of the rumors circulating when the national media was on hand at Turner Field for the Division Series with the Astros was that the Braves would trade CF Andruw Jones in order to be able to afford to re-sign free agent RF J.D. Drew.

Stranger things have happened, but that is about as nutty a proposal as has been floated lately.

First, manager Bobby Cox loves Jones. He thinks Jones is the best center fielder in the game and figures that Jones saves two runs a game.

Second, Drew's agent is Scott Boras, not exactly a favorite of general manager John Schuerholz. Schuerholz didn't get where he is by refusing to deal with certain people, but you can be sure that Boras will hold out for a big contract for Drew. And you can be just as sure that he will not get it from the Braves -- especially not now that they have seen how well their Triple-A call-ups can perform.

The Braves would be thrilled to have Drew back, but they are happy with the performance of Charles Thomas in left field, and OF Eli Marrero has another year on his contract.

Drew has not said where he wants to play next year, but after the Braves lost in the Division Series, he was speaking of his time in Atlanta in the past tense.

"It's been an honor to play with these guys," Drew said. "It's been fun to watch them play. It's been a fun year. It's been a real special season for me, from the standpoint I got to play with a lot of these guys and have a lot of fun.

"I did some things I haven't been able to do in my career as far as play on a daily basis and being really consistent. It made it fun getting here and definitely made it fun playing in the playoffs. I just wish it could have gone a little farther.

"I'll have to sit down and reflect on what I want to do sooner or later. I can't speculate on those things. I'll have to think it through and see what works out. That's something I'll do in the offseason when the time comes."

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