A reasonable proposal
I hadn’t heard this, but if it’s true, it really changes the equation.
I’ve been consistently and vehemently opposed to signing any of the FA CFs out there, because I am an unabashed Colby Rasmus believer. I think the guy is special. I think he’s going to be an All-Star. And I think anything that blocks Rasmus beyond 2008 is utterly foolish — especially if it costs $15MM a year.
But if you can get Jones for one year, it accomplishes many, many different things. It provides a RH bat in the outfield, which is needed. It, as one commenter at VEB notes, frees up either Duncan or Ankiel to trade for a starting pitcher. And most of all, it doesn’t tie you up. It’s very, very difficult to be hurt by a one-year deal.
Plus, you’d be buying low, and that’s always good. Jones had a terrible, terrible year, but it’s extremely likely that he’ll show some return to the mean in ’08.