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Jacque Jones will be looking for a job next week

Dec 4, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

After attending my first winter meetings three years ago I concluded that there seemed to be an inverse relationship between how important a person is and how well they dress for the event.
For instance, Peter Gammons looked perfectly at home holding court in the hotel lobby while wearing an old t-shirt, gym shorts, and a pair of running shoes, whereas the venue was littered with college-aged guys who put on suits, slicked back their hair, and walked around clutching resumes in search of an MLB job.
I bring all this up because’s Thomas Harding reports that Jacque Jones will be attending next week’s winter meetings in Indianapolis in search of a team willing to give him a comeback chance and … well, my suggestion is that he buy a new suit and maybe some new shoes too. Harding writes that “Jones believes he can still play,” but at this point he’s likely alone.
He’ll be 35 years old soon, was last seen hitting .147 in 2008, and spent last season with the independent league Newark Bears after getting released by the Reds in spring training. At his best Jones was a good defensive outfielder who was helpless against left-handed pitching and posted an OPS in the .750-.800 range with poor on-base skills and solid slugging. However, at 35 years old and with his last decent season in 2006 he’ll be lucky to secure a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.

  1. The Common Man - Dec 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Is it wrong to think that Jones might make an acceptable backup OF in Minnesota; someone who is at least worth a look in Spring Training? He can presumably still play the corners and can spell either Young or Cuddyer against tough righties. With Gomez gone, the only internal options as a 4th OF don’t inspire confidence. Jason Pridie or Dustin Martin are extremely limited, and Rene Tosani is still just 22 and this would cut into his development. If Jones is as in shape as he thinks he is, I’m guessing he’s wearing #11 around Ft. Myers in March.

  2. TMW - Dec 4, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Not a chance. There’s too much flawed talent elsewhere capable of KEEPING their major league roster spot that can be signed for nothing before teams consider Double J.

  3. The Common Man - Dec 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Yeah, but the Twins have always been a sentimental organization (as far as such a thing exists in professional sports). Jones was well liked at the beginning of this decade, and I would bet the Twins bring him in to at least see what he has, if anything. Is he the best option out there? No, not by a long shot. But with Bill Smith’s morbid fascination with giving washed-up vets (Livan Hernandez, Sidney Ponson, Ramon Ortiz, Tony Batista, Juan Castro, etc.) far too much of a chance to prove they can’t be productive anymore, Jones is undoubtedly on his speed dial right now.

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