Don't count on Chipper Jones joining them once he returns from rehabbing his left ACL. While Glaus isn't under contract for 2011, a combination of Jones' preferences plus a top prospect will keep the eventual Hall of Famer at third.
"I’m a left side of the infield guy," Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution . I’m just going to rehab like I’m going to go play third and if we’ve got to make adjustments, we make adjustments."
Jones last played on August 10, shelving him in a season where the Braves are angling to return to first place. In 381 plate appearances, the 1999 MVP hit .265/.381/.426 with 10 homers.
“I’ve said all along I’m going to play third until somebody in this organization proves to me they’re better than me,” Jones said.
That could very well be a member of the current team. Martin Prado, the team's normal second baseman, shifted to the hot corner to replace Jones. Prado is hitting .319/.363/.493 with 15 home runs and has established himself as a starting player. Taking Prado's place at second is All-Star utilityman Omar Infante, currently hitting at a .344/.376/.458 clip in 356 trips to the plate.
While Infante or Prado wouldn't displace Jones immediately in 2011, one of the two could end up the long-term replacement, especially if Infante continues his emergence. That's not now for Jones.
“As long as I feel like I’m the best third baseman in this organization, that’s where I want to be," Jones said, who once moved to left field to make room for free-agent import Vinny Castilla. "Then when somebody comes along and proves that to me, I’ll either move to another spot or ride off into the sunset.”
If it's to another spot, Jones may have to return to left as first may not even be an option. Top prospect Freddie Freeman is widely considered to be the starting first baseman in 2011 as the 20-year-old is currently handling Triple-A without any problems. In 510 PA, Freeman is hitting .323/.382/.529 with 18 home runs and may make his major-league debut in September.-- Evan Brunell
For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .