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Merrimack Valley

August 3, 2006

Sox still have a chance of acquiring Jones

The Eagle-Tribune has learned that a recent target of the Red Sox at the non-waiver trading deadline, Atlanta outfielder Andruw Jones, was placed on waivers by the Braves Tuesday.

The move by the Braves starts a process in which teams have a chance to claim Jones, which expires after 47 hours (The team with the worst record is allowed to choose first, but if the worst record is shared by teams in both leagues, then the team in the same league is allowed first choice). If the outfielder does pass through waivers, then it would allow Atlanta to trade Jones to a team such as the Red Sox, who had been offered the center fielder in a package including Coco Crisp, Craig Hansen and Jon Lester the night before the trading deadline.

Whatever team claims Jones gets 48 hours to exclusively negotiate a deal with the Braves. A prime candidate to stake a claim before the Red Sox's turn comes up would be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who were the other team Atlanta inquired about regarding a potential pre-non-waiver trade.

The impetus for the Braves to deal Jones is that he becomes a 10-5 player in seven days (10 years in the major leagues, 5 years with the same team), allowing the outfielder to veto any trade for the duration of his contract. Jones makes $13 million this season and $13.5 million in the final year of his deal next season.

It was reported in the Providence Journal-Bulletin that Boston's intention regarding the acquisition of Jones was to turn around and trade him for Houston starting pitcher Roy Oswalt. As of last night, it was not believed that Oswalt had been placed on waivers by the Astros.

Also of interest to the Red Sox were the list of catchers who were placed on waivers, which included: Baltimore's Javy Lopez; Cincinnati's Jason LaRue; Toronto's Benjie Molina; and Arizona's Johnny Estrada.

- Rob Bradford

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