Jerry Owens Rumors

Nationals Sign Jerry Owens

The Nationals signed Jerry Owens to a minor league deal, according to's Bill Ladson. The 28-year-old outfielder has a .625 OPS in parts of four MLB seasons. Owens, who stole 32 bases for the White Sox two seasons ago, will compete for a roster spot in Spring Training.

Mariners Sign Jerry Owens

According to Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Mariners signed outfielder Jerry Owens to a minor league deal.  Owens was designated for assignment to make room for Scott Podsednik a few days ago.

Owens, 28, spent most of last year at Triple A (his third stint at the level).  He hit .276/.346/.316 with 30 steals in 43 tries.  In their 2007 Handbook, Baseball America had this to say about his defense: "He covers plenty of ground in center field, though his arm is below average."

Owens Opts For Free Agency

According to the Chicago Tribune, outfielder Jerry Owens has opted for free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox outrighted Owens to Triple-A on Friday, after he hit just .083/.267/.083 in 12 games.  He's likely to get a shot with another club, but, at the age of 28, it's hard to see him ever turning into an everyday major league outfielder.

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Jerry Owens Clears Waivers

WEDNESDAY: Gonzales says Owens cleared waivers and will head back to Triple A Charlotte.

MONDAY: According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, White Sox outfielder Jerry Owens said he was waived today.  DeWayne Wise and Brian Anderson will split center field duties.  We'll wait for more details on Owens' situation.