White Sox Bet On Andruw Jones

GM Kenny Williams scraping bottom of free agent barrel

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Kenny Williams isn't waiting on free agency.

Just a few days after the signing window opened, Williams nabbed former Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel and former Dodgers and Braves outfielder, the eminently washed-up Andruw Jones. How does Kenny explain this?

The immediate reaction? These are silly signings. After all, Jones has been near career death ever since the Dodgers signed him to a big two-year contract in 2008, when he put up a disastrous .158/.256/.249 line. And the case against Omar Vizquel is pretty simple; the man is approximately 589 years old.

But, at least as it pertains to Jones, Williams might not be completely nuts. Jones' 2009 wasn't great, but it was an improvement -- Jones hit 17 homers and posted a .782 OPS in 82 games. That's not horrible. There's a chance Jones could replicate or even exceed that production in 2010, and the White Sox get to find out at the mere cost of $500,000 a year. It's hard to lose a bet that small.

So, sure, Williams might be scraping the bottom of the barrel, but if he wanted an OK fourth outfielder and a veteran shortstop, he could be doing much worse. Andruw Jones to the White Sox is bad -- but not as bad as it looks.

Eamonn Brennan is a Chicago-based writer, editor and blogger. He is the editor of Yahoo! Sports's college basketball blog The Dagger and a contributor to Inside The Hall. Follow him at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com, or on Twitter.

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