Jones hopes to publicly discuss his future soon
When Chipper Jones walked around the corner this afternoon, he smiled and gave the customary head nod. I laughed and said, “I thought you weren’t talking to us today.”
Jones then proceeded to tell me that he hopes to be able to discuss his future before the end of this homestand. In other words within the next five days, he’s expected to reveal why he told the Braves on Tuesday that he is leaning toward retiring at the end of this season.
“I’ll have something to tell you, it’s just not going to be today,” Jones said. “It will hopefully be before the end of this homestand. But right now, I’m not ready to say anything.”
After exiting Tuesday afternoon’s meeting with Jones, Bobby Cox had the understanding that he might not be the only Braves legend retiring at the end of this season.
“The best I can gather is he’s thinking about retiring at the end of this year,” Cox said. “Until he talks to (the media) I really can’t give you a correct or definitive answer.”
Over the next few days, Jones and the Braves are expected to negotiate how much he’ll receive of the $42 million he is owed during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
“He’s been thinking about this all spring and through the winter that this would be his last year,” Cox said.
Cox once again had Jones positioned in the third spot of the lineup for Tuesday night’s series opener against the Rays.
“I think he can still get on base, knock in runs and still be productive,” Cox said. “It’s up to him. He can really help us. He’s not too far removed. He led the league in hitting two years ago and was second the year before. It’s still there.”
Resop arrives: As expected the Braves promoted Chris Resop and sent Jesse Chavez to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. But as late as early Monday evening, Resop was still under the impression that he could be traded.
The D-backs showed some interest and the Rangers were interested enough that he gained the impression that he would start for them during Thursday night’s game against the Marlins.
But in the end, the Braves opted to keep the rejuvenated right-hander with the hope that he proves to be as valuable in Atlanta’s rotation as he was in Gwinnett’s rotation this year.
Time to head out and do some of that house hunting stuff I was supposed to do on what was supposed to be a day off. Catch up with you in the morning.