Jon Paul Morosi is reporting that the Tigers are “close to finalizing” a deal where Detroit would send Omar Infante to the Chicago Cubs for Jacque Jones.
If it comes to fruition, I like the deal. Omar Infante doesn’t really have a role on the team at this point and never seemed to garner Jim Leyland’s favor (this was the reason for the Neifi Perez acquisition). Ryan Raburn and Mike Hollimon both look ready to assume the super sub role that Infante held for the last 2 years.
As for Jones, he could make for a nice left handed platoon partner in left field for either Raburn or Marcus Thames. For his career Jones is a 294/342/483 hitter against right handed pitching. The biggest concern is that he’s coming off a year in which he only slugged .400 and only had 5 homers. Whether it was a one year fluke (it was by far the lowest slugging of his career) or him collapsing remains to be seen.
Still, he’s only owed one year and $5.5 million so even if he is awful it won’t hurt the team financially. It’s only a problem if he’s awful and continues to garner playing time (like that’s never happened before).
Defensively he played a couple outfield positions for the Cubs and rated well at least in terms of PMR.