Jones back with Eagles for 2014


Outfielder Andruw Jones, who helped lead the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series championship last season, will remain with the Pacific League team, the Eagles announced Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Jones, who has 434 major league home runs, batted .243 with 26 homers and a team high 94 RBIs for the PL champions in 2013. Jones is expected to be compensated ¥400 million along with performance-based incentives.

The Eagles also announced the same day the acquisition of Brian Falkenborg, who had played five seasons for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks through last year.

Falkenborg amassed a 10-9 record with 44 saves with a 1.51 ERA in 223 games with the Hawks from 2009. The right-hander is expected to be paid ¥200 million for a one-year deal, a figure which included his signing bonus.