Jacque Jones Rumors
Here's today's link roundup.
- Jacque Jones has elected free agency. Does he have anything left?
- Derek Lowe, Scott Boras, Ned Colletti, and Joe Torre had some kind of cryptic meeting.
- Draft nugget: the D'Backs were eyeing Allan Dykstra as their first-round pick until the Padres took him.
- Jason Rosenberg interviewed agent Matt Sosnick.
- Bronson Arroyo commented on the recent trade rumors. I think this rumor, in particular.
- Shawn Chacon, demoted to the pen, is not a happy camper.
- Koji Uehara is also going to the bullpen.
- Brandon Webb was affected by his contract negotiations.
- ESPN's Keith Law joined the Drunk Jays Fans podcast to chat about the recent turmoil in Toronto.
- Joe Saunders, originally drafted by the Phillies, had a bad experience (as he tells it).
Today's collection of links...
- SI.com's Jon Heyman does not believe Omar Minaya's job is in jeopardy.
- New blog to check out: NPB Tracker. Patrick's goal is to provide a reliable source of information on Japanese leagues to an American audience. He's already got a name for us to watch: reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. He'd like to be posted, but that's up to the Hanshin Tigers.
- Brandon Inge is up for full-time catching in '09, even if it's not his preference.
- The D'Backs discussed an extension with Dan Haren, but talks broke off. They could rekindle. He's signed cheaply through 2010 already.
- The Tigers would've been interested in Barry Bonds if they didn't have Gary Sheffield, according to Jim Leyland.
- Jacque Jones has cleared waivers but hasn't decided whether to accept a minor league assignment from the Marlins.
- RotoAuthority looks at Chase Headley from a fantasy perspective.
- Pretty interesting comments from Bill Bavasi on Erik Bedard. Watch video of Bavasi's press conference here.
Jacque Jones' Marlins career lasted just 44 plate appearances, about half the amount he received in Detroit. He's been designated for assignment to make room for Robert Andino. According to MLB.com, Jones expects to clear waivers but isn't sure about accepting the Marlins' minor league assignment.
Things are looking up for the Marlins' outfield - Josh Willingham is close to returning, Cameron Maybin is mashing at Double A, and Cody Ross has shown impressive power. They just need Jeremy Hermida to pick it up.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Mike Phillips of the Miami Herald, Jacque Jones has reached a contract agreement with the Marlins. It's a no-risk move for the first place Fish, who will pay him the pro-rated league minimum. Jones, 33, hit .165/.244/.253 in 90 plate appearances for the Tigers.
Rosenthal and Phillips seem to disagree on Jones' role. Rosenthal says Jones will be a fourth outfielder and bench bat and notes that he'll begin at extended spring training. Phillips sees Jones as the team's starting center fielder.
The Florida Marlins are likely looking to upgrade in center field, where incumbent Alfredo Azemaga is hitting a svelte .226/.311/.292. They're also likely looking for someone to help shoulder the load of injured OF Josh Willingham, who just experienced a setback in his rehab -- though Luis Gonzalez has hit fairly well since replacing him, at .317/.369/.433 in 16 games. So they're a likely destination for free agent Jacque Jones.
Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinal has something of a third-hand rumor that the Marlins could sign Jones by this evening. Damon Lapa, Jones's agent, has, of course, denied the rumor. He says that he and his client hope to narrow down a list in the next few days before ultimately deciding on a destination. His new team will only be on the hook for a prorated amount of the league minimum $390,000.
"We've started some dialogue with a number of clubs," Lapa said. "Ever since he technically became free there's been an uptick in intensity. He's weighing all his options."
Rodriguez notes that Jones is from and continues to reside in San Diego, and might seek employment closer to home. The Padres could probably use him, though I'm not sure Jones would want to sign there, given the team's play to this point. The two LA teams have plenty of outfielders.
The Marlins still do seem like the most likely destination. The only small problem I can see is that both Jones and Azemaga have clear career splits showing they hit righties better than lefties, though Jones bucked that trend last year in 87 plate appearances against southpaws. But that shouldn't stop the Marlins from pursuing a potential upgrade in center.
Here's today's collection of links.
- The Tigers weren't able to trade Jacque Jones; he'll become a free agent tomorrow. The Marlins are expected to make an offer.
- The Cubs signed a Korean high school shortstop named Lee Hak-ju. Aaron Shinsano, who works for the Cubs as a scout, says the team believes he'd have been a first round pick in the states.
- Giants owner Peter Magowan is expected to step down Friday.
- Troy Renck says the Rox still want Julian Tavarez but won't give up pitching prospect Brandon Hynick. Baseball America ranked Hynick eighth among Rockies prospects, they describe him as a command guy with a decent splitter. The Sox are talking to two or three teams about Tavarez.
- Not a surprise, but Jon Garland isn't likely to sign back with the White Sox.
- An MLBTR chat will take place in this space at 2pm CST - get your questions ready!
- I will also be hopping on ESPN-1580 (Columbia, MO) today at 4:20pm CST.
- Jacque Jones prefers to play for the Marlins...I imagine he will end up there.
- GM bloodlines courtesy of Batter's Box.
- Omar Vizquel wants to play in '09, if he has a good offensive year in '08.
- The White Sox do not intend to overpay their 8th overall pick this June.
- The Royals haven't had any extension talks yet with Zack Greinke, who would become a free agent after the 2010 season. Greinke says he doesn't know what he's worth. The market says about $11MM over the 2009-10 seasons.
- J.P. Ricciardi says he's done tinkering with his offense.
Citing three team sources, MLB.com beat writer Joe Frisaro says the Marlins remain interested in Jacque Jones, who was released by the Tigers on Monday. And a "high-ranking team source" told Frisaro the Marlins will entertain moves to upgrade if the team continues its strong start.
If the Fish do sign Jones, the Marlins could shift Alfredo Amezaga to the infield (at least as a backup). Jones could also serve as a leadoff man now that Ramirez has been dropped to the third slot in the batting order.
Say what you will about their "fire sales," the Marlins have been active on the trade front in years past, acquiring via trade key players (Ugueth Urbina, Jeff Conine) that had instrumental roles during their last World Series championship.
When not taking final exams, Alejandro Leal writes for UmpBump.com
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins and Padres have inquired on recently designated outfielder Jacque Jones. The Tigers, on the hook for $3MM of Jones' salary this year, would obviously prefer a trade.
Many Padres are not hitting, including outfielders Jim Edmonds and Scott Hairston. Jones might not hit for much power anymore, but he can play a quality center field.
The Fish nearly acquired Jones last summer. They haven't gotten much out of Alfredo Amezaga and Cody Ross in center, and left fielder Josh Willingham is on the DL with a sore lower back. The Marlins are just a game back in the NL East.
According to Jon Paul Morosi of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers released outfielder Jacque Jones today.
Jones, 33, received only 90 plate appearances before the Tigers gave up on him. He makes $5MM this year, of which the Cubs are paying $2MM. Given Jones' ability to play all three outfield positions, he shouldn't have a problem finding a new team.