ATLANTA — Struggling through another disappointing season, Braves 3B Chipper Jones told the Associated Press he would meet with team officials Tuesday to discuss his future and acknowledged that he's considering retirement.
Jones, 38, declined to comment directly on whether he'll retire at the end of the season, but it seemed clear he has made up his mind and merely needed to work out a settlement with the team over the $28 million in guaranteed money he's owed for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
"It's obvious that it's something I've been thinking about," Jones said. "I need to go through the proper channels. Once those have all been taken care of, everybody's questions will be answered."
Jones, who won the NL MVP award in 1999 and led the league in hitting just two years ago, said he planned to meet with general manager Frank Wren and manager Bobby Cox to discuss some "red tape issues." Asked if those involved a resolution of his contract, Jones said, "That would be fair to say."
TOP PROSPECT GETS CALL: The Pirates will recall 3B Pedro Alvarez today, hours after general manager Neal Huntington said their top prospect wouldn't be rushed. Alvarez, 23, hit .277 with 13 homers, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs at Triple-A Indianapolis.
D'BACKS START DEALING: Arizona traded OF Conor Jackson to the Athletics for minor-league RH closer Sam Demel, the first of what could be a series of moves by the sputtering team. Demel, 24, has a 1.26 ERA and six saves in 28 appearances for Triple-A Sacramento this season. Jackson, 28, batted .238 with a .326 on-base percentage and a .331 slugging percentage in 42 games for Arizona.
RANGERS SALE: An attorney for the Rangers urged a bankruptcy judge in Fort Worth, Texas, to accept the team's plan to pay creditors $75 million, saying the deal would not hurt any lenders and clear the way for a long-delayed sale. Attorney Martin Sosland disputed some creditors' claims that the team was required to maximize its assets by accepting the highest bid. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn said he tended to agree with the Rangers' argument.
PITCHER DONE: LHP Mark Mulder, a two-time All-Star and former member of the A's "Big Three" rotation who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2008, told AOL FanHouse that he is retired. Mulder, 32, started having shoulder problems soon after signing with the Cardinals in 2005.
ANGELS: SS Erick Aybar sustained a hyperextended left knee Monday when he was bowled over by the Brewers' Casey McGehee and is day to day.
BLUE JAYS: RHP Dustin McGowan was awaiting the results of an MRI exam a day after he cut short a throwing session after eight pitches because of a sharp pain in his surgically repaired pitching shoulder.
CARDINALS: 1B Albert Pujols was in the lineup and reported no ill effects a day after getting hit in the head by a throw.
DODGERS: RHP Chad Billingsley, who is 6-4 with a 4.34 ERA in 13 starts, will go on the disabled list with a groin injury.
MARINERS: RHP Ian Snell, 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA, was designated for assignment.
ORIOLES: RHP Chris Tillman was sent to the bullpen after going 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA in four starts.
PHILLIES: LHP J.A. Happ, on the disabled list with a strained left forearm, threw a bullpen session and is slated for a minor-league rehab start Friday.
ROCKIES: SS Troy Tulowitzki returned after sitting out Saturday and Sunday with a strained right groin muscle.
TWINS: 2B Orlando Hudson was not cleared to come off the disabled list. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the switch-hitter with the injured left wrist will be day to day until he can swing left-handed without discomfort.
YANKEES: 3B Alex Rodriguez was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game with a sore groin.