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Japanese team intends to honor Jones' contract

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The Rakuten Eagles plan to honor their one-year, $3.5 million deal with Andruw Jones, despite the outfielder's domestic battery charge.

Jones, 35, was arrested Christmas morning at his home in an Atlanta suburb and accused of dragging his wife down a staircase, grabbing her by the neck and threatening to kill her. A sheriff's report said he spent about seven hours in jail before being released on $2,400 bond.

The Eagles still intend to bring Jones to Japan.

"We received a report it was a domestic fight which escalated," Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told Japanese media Thursday. "Unless there (are) any more big surprises, we intend to go ahead as planned with his contract."

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