Monday, May 05, 2008

The scapegoating begins: Jacque Jones DFA'ed

The first of Jim Leyland's "drastic" moves has been announced. The Tigers have essentially called their acquisition of Jacque Jones an EPIC FAIL, as Jones was designated for assignment this afternoon.

In lieu of a picture of Jones,
I thought this was more fitting...

As per Mlive's Danny Knobler, this says it all about the short lived Jacque Jones era...

Jones had just one hit in his last 29 at-bats, and he was hitting .165 with one home run and five RBIs in 24 games.

Taking Jones' spot on the roster is LH hitting outfielder Matt Joyce, who was hitting .299, with 5 HR's and 21 RBI.

So far, I'm 1 for 1 in my predictions, as the Tigers will have a new left fielder.To be honest though, I didn't think the Tigers would fully give up on Jones after only a month, just bench him.

We still don't know who's going to play left full time. Ryan Rayburn? Marcus Thames? God forbid, Gary "I'm more fragile than Peter Forsberg/Kevin Jones/Rocco Baldelli combined" Sheffield? I'm putting my money on Thames. It's just a hunch...

Edit 4:20 PM: My hunch was wrong. As per WDFN, Sheffield is the new full time left fielder (!), and has been moved down in the order to 6th, swapping spots in the batting order with Carlos Guillen. Guillen, and his troublesome glove, remains the 3rd baseman. Interesting...


  1. Who is gonna DH? I would have originally guessed Guillen, but if he's staying at 3rd...

  2. The full time DH? Your guess is as good as mine, Cliff.

    Tonight it's Ordonez, with Joyce in right, but no news if it's a permanent thing. I seriously doubt it.

  3. If Shef straightens himself out in left from a hitting standpoint I would suggest that he go back to DH, move Guillen--who looks lost at third--to left (gotta keep that bat in the lineup) and start Inge at 3rd. Is that a good Downriver Puck Bunny Solution, or what?

  4. More peerless forecasting from me (see my Franzen/Sharp comment): I predicted that Jones would become the "Tiger most likely to be this year's Neifi Perez", though I also was surprised at how early he was cut. Then again, he was quite odiferous.