Jones likely will platoon in left
November, 13, 2007
The Cubs wanted to dump Jacque Jones and his contract -- and by all accounts, the feeling was mutual. They found a willing taker in the Tigers, who have more money available to them than they can spend and who did need a part-time left fielder to fill in until Cameron Maybin is ready, which they hope will be by 2009. Jones is a classic dead-fastball hitter who likes the ball down in the zone; he struggles against offspeed stuff and has never had good plate discipline. He had average power for a corner outfielder until a sudden power outage in 2007, but in all likelihood he'll return to his form from the previous five years, when he averaged over 23 homers a year. He's a good defensive outfielder in center and very good in an outfield corner, so he can play left field as part of a platoon and can spell Curtis Granderson in center if the latter should get hurt. Marcus Thames would make a perfect platoon partner for him in left.