View Full Version : Marlins set to sign Jones

05-19-2008, 05:35 PM

BY JUAN C. RODRIGUEZ | Sun-Sentinel.com

As expected, the Marlins and free agent outfielder Jacques Jones have agreed to terms on a contract through the end of the season.

Jones, who last week was placed on release waivers by the Tigers, will spend a few days in Jupiter with the extended spring training club before joining the Marlins. No official word from the Marlins on when he'll join the club, but Jones could be in uniform before this weekend's home series against the Giants.

With no timetable for left fielder Josh Willingham's return from back trouble, Jones will provide another veteran bat off the bench. The left-handed hitting Jones can play all three outfield positions and could see time in center against right-handers as well.

The Marlins will pay Jones the prorated share of the $390,000 major league minimum, with the rest of his $5.5 million salary coming from the Tigers.

Jones, 33, appeared in 24 games with the Tigers and batted .165 (13 for 79). He closed out last season batting .332 (79 for 238) with a .374 on-base percentage after the All-Star break.

It's unclear whether Jones' arrival signals the demotion of outfielder Brett Carroll or infielder Robert Andino. The Marlins could make Alfredo Amezaga their primary backup middle infielder again and option Andino, who has been used sparingly, back to Triple-A Albuquerque.