Thousands of Andruw Jones believers still hanging on

Andy Behrens
April 24, 2008

Andruw Jones is still owned in 83.3 percent of Yahoo! leagues. That's him over there on the right, not doing any favors for the Jordan brand.

At least some portion of that 83.3 percent involves deadbeats and/or auto-pickers, no doubt. But still, 83.3 is a big number. Some of you have held onto Jones because you're expecting him to...um...hmm.

It's hard to say what you're expecting.

Why do you still own Andruw Jones?

He has no real trade value. Here are the players he's been dealt for in recent one-for-one trades: Luke Scott, Ryan Ludwick, JD Drew, Ken Griffey Jr., Adrian Beltre, Johnny Damon (twice), Barry Zito, Aaron Rowand (also twice), Bill Hall, and Chris Duncan.

And that's every recent trade. It's not really such an impressive list.

Jones' contact rate is abysmal and his HR/flyball rate took a big move in the wrong direction last season. Over the last four years, Jones hit .300 or better in a full calendar month only one time (June 2005). If he's going to be a fantasy asset while hitting for such a low average (.222 last season, .262 the previous year), he'll need to be among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs.

Obviously, he's not. After 79 plate appearances so far this season, he has one home run and three RBIs. He's batting. 159. He was just held out of the lineup with allergies:

Apr 23 CF Andruw Jones was out of the lineup for the second time this season because of severe allergies. He pinch hit in the eighth inning and struck out. Jones now has 23 strikeouts in 74 plate appearances this year, an average of one every 3.2 times he comes to the plate.

If you can defend your Andruw Jones ownership, please comment.