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    Twins sign Jacque Jones

    The Twins signed Jacque Jones to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Jones, 35 in April, sat out last season after hitting poorly in 2008. He hit one homer and posted a .147/.239/.207 line for the Tigers and Marlins that year.
    The outfielder's best seasons came in Minnesota, where he was a regular from 2000-05. Jones' last productive year came right after he left the Twins. He hit a career-high 27 homers for the Cubs in 2006 with an .833 OPS. That marked the fourth time in five seasons he reached the 20-homer plateau.
    The Twins have Delmon Young, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Jim Thome around already. To make the team's Opening Day roster, Jones would presumably need to win a job from Brendan Harris, Nick Punto or Alexi Casilla or see one of the team's regular's get injured. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that Jones is willing to play in the minors if he doesn't make the team.

    Don't the Twins have good minor league depth in the OF already?



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    Re: Twins sign Jacque Jones

    Quote Originally Posted by hurdleisu24 View Post
    The Twins signed Jacque Jones to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Jones, 35 in April, sat out last season after hitting poorly in 2008. He hit one homer and posted a .147/.239/.207 line for the Tigers and Marlins that year.
    The outfielder's best seasons came in Minnesota, where he was a regular from 2000-05. Jones' last productive year came right after he left the Twins. He hit a career-high 27 homers for the Cubs in 2006 with an .833 OPS. That marked the fourth time in five seasons he reached the 20-homer plateau.
    The Twins have Delmon Young, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Jim Thome around already. To make the team's Opening Day roster, Jones would presumably need to win a job from Brendan Harris, Nick Punto or Alexi Casilla or see one of the team's regular's get injured. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that Jones is willing to play in the minors if he doesn't make the team.

    Don't the Twins have good minor league depth in the OF already?
    They do, but they don't think any of them are ready for prime time yet. They probably also want to keep them in the minors for now for financial considerations. The sooner you call them up, the sooner their clock starts ticking toward free agency.



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    Re: Twins sign Jacque Jones

    This is a little odd, but I don't see that it hurts anything, particularly if he is willing to play in the minors. Seems to me like it is just an insurance policy in case someone gets hurt. Let's face it, Kubel and Young are not exactly great outfielders, although Kubel's bat makes up for it and he is the primary DH. Strangest thing about it to me is that he is just another left-handed bat.

    None of the Twins minor league prospects are ready. One of their better center field prospects Jason Pridie was claimed off-waivers today by the Mets, so this is likely a response to that too. They need someone to back up Span in centerfield in case of an injury, and without Punto now. Jones would fit that bill. It's either him or Punto playing center if Span needs a day off.


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    Re: Twins sign Jacque Jones

    Quote Originally Posted by hurdleisu24 View Post

    Don't the Twins have good minor league depth in the OF already?
    Yes and no. Some promising guys, but none that would be ready for a call-up this year in many opinions. Aaron Hicks and Ben Revere would be the closest.

    There is no way he makes the roster, this is probably a move to provide a veteran presence who knows the way the Twins teach for the AAA team.



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    Re: Twins sign Jacque Jones

    There is no way he makes the roster, this is probably a move to provide a veteran presence who knows the way the Twins teach for the AAA team.[/QUOTE]

    That makes more sense then



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