Andruw Jones signs with Rakuten Eagles in Japan

Andruw Jones is headed to Japan.

The five-time All-Star outfielder has finalized a $3.5 million,

one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific

League. The team announced the move on Sunday.

The 35-year-old Jones became a free agent after spending the

past two seasons as a part-time player with the New York Yankees.

He appeared in 94 games this year, batting.197 with 14 home

runs.

Once one of the premier players in the big leagues, Jones broke

into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and won 10

consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07 as their center fielder. He

has 434 career home runs over 17 seasons in the majors and could

provide a boost for the Eagles, whose 52 homers were the fewest in

Japan last season.