Each and every team in professional sports has a trade or transaction that didn’t quite go according to plan. Sometimes, those errant decisions haunt a fanbase long after the dust has settled. For Dodgers fans, signing outfielder Andruw Jones in December of 2007 for $18.1M per year still cuts deep.
Jomboy Media released a list of “moments & moves that haunt fans”. The list was based on an impassioned Dodgers fans call-in to their “Talkin’ Baseball” show.
Our callers told us what moves and moments in their favorite team’s history will haunt them forever! pic.twitter.com/KigrlL1RIL
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) January 13, 2022
Evidently, Ned Colleti’s signing of Jones still gives Dodgers fans nightmares. The Dodgers signed Jones to a $36.2M two-year deal in the winter of 2007. That year, Jones was the fifth highest paid player in baseball.
Jones was a five-time All-Star, ten-time Gold Glover winner, and one-time Silver Slugger when he signed with LA. He also won the 2005 MLB Players Choice Player of the Year award. Jones was a terrific defender and had a career .839 OPS in his 12 years with the Braves. He averaged 31 home runs and 93 RBI per year.
Colletti and the Dodgers were under the impression they were signing one of the best center fielders.
The Dodgers unfortunately paid big bucks for the worst offensive center fielder in baseball. Jones ranked dead last in his position in both wRC+ (38) and OPS (.505) for center fielders with a minimum of 200 plate appearances.
But the expensive ineptitude of Andruw Jones in 2008 has another layer for Dodgers fans.
In order to use their new shiny toy, the Dodgers relegated fan favorite Juan Pierre to a part-time role that April. Pierre and the majority of Dodgers fans were none too happy. Especially since the former Brave showed up to spring training overweight and out of shape.
They say time heals everything, but apparently it doesn’t heal $36.2M mistakes.