Chipper Jones has reportedly agreed to restructure his deal in order to free up money for the Braves.
Jones' agent, B.B. Abbott, said the new contract would reduce his 2006 salary from $17 million to $11 million and turn a pair of $15 million vesting-option years in 2007 and 2008 into guaranteed years at $11 million per season. It also includes a $4 million signing bonus due in January, and adds a vesting option for 2009 worth between $8 million and $11 million. Under the previous deal, his options would have vested with just 450 plate appearances per year. This could save the Braves as much as $15 million over the next three years, giving the team additional money to re-sign Rafael Furcal or pursue Trevor Hoffman. Nov. 17 - 6:51 pm et
In an age where you have players holding out for more money on top of the millions they already make, making threats and slacking off, this is truly a great act.
I've never liked Chipper Jones but it says alot when the guy gives his money back to the team in order to help the team succeed. Great job Chipper.