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Braves not letting Chipper get away

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (WALB) - The Atlanta Braves announced third baseman Chipper Jones has agreed to a three-year contract extension.

The switch-hitting future Hall of Famer could have become a free agent after the season.

Now he is expected to finish his career in a Braves uniform with his new deal running through 2012 and an option for 2013.

Chipper Jones is the only switch-hitter in baseball history with more than 300 homeruns and a career batting average over .300.

The problem for the 36-year old Jones in the last five years has been health.

He hasn't played in more than 134 games in a season in the last five years.

Jones wants to prove his critics that he can still play and is ready to build off the national league batting title he won last year.