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Japanese team announces signing of Andruw Jones

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The Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League formally announced the signing of free agent outfielder Andruw Jones on its website on Sunday.

Jones agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, which had been reported earlier.

Jones batted .197 with 14 home runs and 34 RBIs in 94 games this past season for the Yankees.

Jones, 35, won 10 straight Gold Gloves from 1998-2007 and is a five-time All-Star, but his statistics have diminished considerably over the past few seasons.

It's unclear whether he plans to try to return to the Major Leagues after his one-year stint in Japan.
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