Lane1974 Posted May 13, 2008 Share Posted May 13, 2008 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basebal...0,6863345.story Given the opportunity to decide, outfielder Jacque Jones' first choice might be to join the Marlins. That's what Jones, who the Tigers designated for assignment last week, told an associate. For now, Jones has no control over his next destination. The Tigers have until Friday to trade or release him. Either way, they are on the hook for what's left of his $5.5 million salary (about $4.05 million). Any team that acquires him would make the Tigers pay much of the remaining money. Jones probably wouldn't cost the Marlins much more than a low level minor-leaguer and/or the pro-rated major league minimum (about $290,000). "It would probably be his top destination," the associate said. "Last year he was really excited about the opportunity to go down there. It was something that almost came to fruition." Last summer the Cubs agreed to a trade Jones to the Marlins, but the deal fizzled at the last minute. The associate said Jones was looking forward to being surrounded by young and hungry players, a chance he still welcomes. Jones, who can play all three outfield spots, would give the Marlins another veteran left-handed bat off the bench and a candidate to bat leadoff and start in center against right-handers. Getting the bulk of the work against righties, Alfredo Amezaga has struggled atop the order, going 5 for 29 (.172) with two runs through his first two at-bats Monday. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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