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Marlins' purge continues as Todd Jones heads to Detroit


By Keven Lerner


Posted December 8 2005, 10:43 AM EST



Todd Jones, who saved 40 games for the cash-strapped Marlins last season, is on the verge of finalizing a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to a report on the team's Web site.


The MLB.com story says the deal for the veteran closer is expected to be announced today, and is believed to be worth about $6 million.


Jones, a free agent, resurrected his career with the Marlins last season, taking over the closer's role from Guillermo Mota. His 40 saves were his most since 2000. He had a 2.10 ERA, allowing just 61 hits over 73 innings. He also had 62 strikeouts.


Jones, 37, returns to the team he played for nearly five years ago, with the Tigers trading him to the Minnesota Twins for Mark Redman on July 28, 2001.


If the season started today, Miguel Cabrera would be the only holdover from the 2005 Opening Day starting lineup. Dontrelle Willis and Nate Bump would be the only pitchers back from last Opening Day's staff.


The players the Marlins have traded: Juan Pierre, Mike Lowell, Josh Beckett, Mota, Carlos Delgado, Luis Castillo and Paul Lo Duca. The players they've lost to free agency/retirement: A.J. Burnett, Conine, Easley, Alfonseca, Valdez, Juan Encarnacion, Alex Gonzalez, Jim Mecir and Jones.

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