Jones' agent, Dan Lozano, said the Twins were only offering a
one-year deal and that his client has several multi-year offers on
the table. Jones accepted a deal with the Cubs for three years, but financial terms were not disclosed.
The Twins offered arbitration so they would be assured a 2006
first-round draft pick when the 30-year-old outfielder signed with
another team. Jones made $5 million last season, but almost
assuredly would have received a raise had he accepted the offer.
Jones was drafted by the Twins in 1996 and broke into the majors
in 1999. He led the team with 23 home runs last season and hit .249
with 73 RBI.
They declined to tender right-handed reliever Grant Balfour, who
missed the entire season after having ligament replacement surgery
on his right elbow.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.