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Goodbye, Brandon Jones

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You probably know this by now, but Brandon Jones is a Pittsburgh Pirate. At least for now. Pirates beat writer Dejan Kovasevic writes that "they claimed him with the hope of including him in a trade... their outfield has plenty of quantity with eight outfielders already competing for five jobs this spring."

I always felt sorry for Brandon, who had a lovely year in 2007 at AA and AAA, but only logged a total of 145 major league PA over the next two years. (His combined line of .271/.331/.388 was perfectly in character with those years: not abominable, but not nearly good enough to force the team to play him more.) He seemed to regress in AAA in 2008 and 2009, perhaps justifying the Braves' neglect, but as mediocre as he was, I always felt that he'd have done a little more with Jeff Francoeur's at bats than Jeff did -- lest we forget, Jeff hit .243/.290/.357 over 977 PA in the same two years.

Maybe there was no room on the team for him. At this point, the 26-year old Jones -- he's 33 days younger than me -- looks like the very definition of a Quad-A "replacement player." But after his 2007 season, he deserved for someone to give him a chance. I hope that happens on another team, whoever that may happen to be.

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