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Five years later, Jacque Jones returns to Twins

Feb 9, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

Sometimes in life, the joke is on you.
Two months ago I poked a little fun at Jacque Jones attending the winter meetings in search of a job, suggesting that he was washed up and would “be lucky to secure a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.”
It turns out I was absolutely right, because this afternoon Jones signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. And it turns out he’ll be in camp with my favorite team, reuniting with the Twins five years after departing as a free agent and three seasons after last being a productive hitter. Not so funny now, huh?
While the Twins could certainly use a backup outfielder capable of handling center field, Jones hasn’t played the position regularly since 2007, will be 35 years old in April, batted .147 in 42 games for the Tigers and Marlins in 2008, and spent last season playing for the independent league Newark Bears after getting released by the Reds in spring training.
Hopefully he likes Rochester, New York.

  1. TMW - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    I wonder if he has a shred of defensive value left. I was hoping the Twins would sign an OF defensive replacement. I guess pickins got slim….

  2. D-Luxxx - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Wow, now all they need is to pull Matty Law out from under whatever rock he crawled under and trade for Tori Hunter and they could have “The Soul Patrol Part Deux.” Don’t get me wrong, I like Jacque “Instant Offense” Jones, but you’re right, he won’t make the opening day roster.

  3. Big Z - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    The star of Fantasyland returns.

  4. Jonny5 - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Wow .147 ? that’s worse than terrible isn’t it???

  5. The Common Man - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    I feel vindicated.
    That said, I’d prefer Taveras as a 5th OFer

  6. Ryan - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Awww, if they promote him to the 25-man, then we’ll have to wait 5 more years to debate his HOF credentials. crap!

  7. Jamie - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Wait, Jacque Jones is only 35? He played like a 35-year-old five years ago. Are the Twins betting he’s got a Benjamin Button thing gong on?

  8. scot - Feb 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Guess the Twins feel sorry for the guy or something but yes its doubtfull he gets to see Target Field this season unless Twins have multiple injuries……

  9. Hotz - Feb 9, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    I like the move; it gives the Twins some experience to pull up if he has some good swings in Rochester. It’s another option in case that is needed…with injuries, etc…you never know. He did well in the Twins organization but went downhill once he left; maybe being back home will bring out the best in him.

  10. Anon - Feb 9, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    It’s always nice to see a little unfounded optimism.

  11. Jon doe - Feb 10, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Watch him win the world series, for yall. welcome back bro. i hope all the negatives eat there words, jacque put yall on the map in the first place yall might wanna respect the man.

  12. Warcraft - Feb 21, 2010 at 6:35 AM

    I’ve been browsing around looking for information like this forever, and I’m glad i finally found some.

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