Chipper not ready to publicly discuss his future
Chris Resop’s addition to the Braves roster will take a back seat to whatever we can gather about Chipper Jones’ future today.
Originally, it was thought that Jones would address the media this afternoon to discuss his future.
But because he thinks it’s premature to definitively talk about potential retirement, he does not plan to publicly discuss the details of the meeting he still plans to have with Frank Wren and Bobby Cox this afternoon.
Chipper has requested this meeting to inform the club about his current thoughts about his career beyond this season.
While Jones may not be ready to definitively say he will retire at the end of this season, it appears he is more serious about the possibility than he was when he has discussed it in the past.
When addressing his absence from the lineup on Saturday and Sunday, Jones provided some indication that he has reached a point where he has accepted the fact that he is no longer a necessary component of the Braves lineup.
“I don’t think anybody in here has any less confidence with those guys in the lineup than they do with me,” Jones said. “I think they’ve proven themselves worthy of stepping in and compensating for my absence.” <p>
Jones, 38, has batted .228 with three homers and 22 RBIs in the 51 games he has played for the Braves this year. This drop in production combined with his desire to spend more time with his family and get away from the daily responsibilities of the baseball season have moved him closer to making this decision to walk away from the final two years of his contract.
The Braves gave Jones a three-year, $42 million contract extension last year. But despite the fact that he would still be guaranteed $28 million during 2011 and 2012 seasons, he has said that finances won’t influence his decision.
According to baseball-reference.com, Jones has made more than $140 million throughout a career that began in 1993.
As mentioned earlier, Resop will be added to the 25-man roster later today. The Braves still haven’t announced which of their relievers they will be sending to Triple-A Gwinnett. It will likely be Jesse Chavez. But the could also demote Craig Kimbrel to give him a chance to pitch on a regular basis.
To compensate for the lack of outfielders in Gwinnett, the Braves have signed Josh Anderson to a Minor League deal. Anderson hit .294 with three homers in the 40 games he played for Atlanta in 2008. The speedy outfielder has spent the past two years within the Tigers and Royals organizations.