Todd Jones Off the Market

A day before entering the “no holds barred” free-agent market, Todd Jones re-signed with the Tigers for one year, $7M. The Tigers became very desperate about their late-inning relief after Joel Zumaya hurt his shoulder moving boxes, an injury which will put him out of action until at least June 2008.

Doubtful that Jones would have been a target of the Mets, but it makes the relief market that much more sparse and relievers in even more demand.

Jacque Jones Dealt

In another Tiger transaction, the Cubs traded outfielder Jacque Jones to Detroit in return for Omar Infante. Strange move, in my ignorant opinion. Jones *might* have been the type of the outfielder the Mets would covet if they choose to trade Lastings Milledge for pitching — a righthanded veteran bat who would not require a long-term commitment.

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