Tigers manager Jim Leyland has a track record of cutting loose veterans who no longer fit into his plans. In 2006, it was then-troubled Dmitri Young — Delmon’s big brother, who was having an assortment of physical and personal issues — who was let go in September. He went on to become an All-Star with the Washington Nationals last year.
Last season, as we’ve been told now and again since he joined the Twins, Leyland dumped Craig Monroe. He was an everyday player for the Tigers and, suddenly, found himself traded to the Cubs for a “player to be named later.” He pretty much languished on the bench before being
released and signed by traded to the Twins for yet another player to be named.
Obviously, this year the Tigers’ problems can be traced to the off-season acquisition of ex-Twin Jacque Jones, who was designated for assignment this afternoon. That means the Tigers have 10 days to trade him, release him or send him to the minors. At $6.3 million, I don’t see Detroit sending him to the minors and I don’t see teams lining up to take him in a trade and pick up that salary.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Leyland is saying that 104-year-old Gary Sheffield will get some playing time in left field. Jones was batting .165 in 79 at-bats when he was cut; Sheffield is batting .185 in 81 at-bats.
I’m glad that’s solved.
No matter how inexpensive, let’s not have anyone start a Bring Back Jacque campaign.