Jones signed a one-year contract worth $3.6 million when including the base, incentives and signing bonus with the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
The 35-year-old has spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues and made his presence known in 1996 when he became the youngest player to ever hit a World Series homer at the age of 19. Center field in Atlanta became known as a place where bloop singles went to die on the way to Jones' 10 Gold Gloves in 12 seasons with the Braves.
Jones' career fell on hard times last season when he hit .197 with 14 homers in 94 games with the New York Yankees. That left him with lifetime stats of a .254 average with 434 home runs and 1,289 RBIs. He has also spent time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.
The Golden Eagles, founded in 2004, went 67-67-10 to finish fourth in the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball.
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