May 6th, 2008

Marlins, Padres show interest in Jones

That didn’t take long. The Marlins and Padres have shown interest in ex-Tiger Jacque Jones, according to’s Joe Frisaro. It continues a long-running interest from the Marlins in Jones, whom they nearly traded for last summer. From the story:

Jones was designated for assignment on Monday. If the Marlins move in
quickly on the outfielder, a deal could be worked out in the next day
or two.

The Padres, according to a second source, also have inquired about Jones.

It’s hard to envision anyone trading for Jones with his salary when they could wait a while and grab him as a free agent for the minimum, leaving the Tigers to pick up the rest.

Inge could catch a little more

He won’t be doing it today, but Brandon Inge is going to be going behind the plate a little more, according to Jim Leyland. He’d suggested that before, but Inge went to Leyland late last week and told him that he was happy catching and was willing to embrace the spot.

“I think he’ll fall more into the catching mode here shortly,” Leyland said today, “and may start getting more playing time.”

Is it a balancing act with an eye towards 2009?

For today, Inge is at third for lefty Nate Robertson, with Carlos Guillen getting a day at DH. Here’s the full lineup the Tigers will send up against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, DH (he’ll bat right-handed vs. Wakefield oops … never mind)
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Sheffield, LF
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Rodriguez, C
  9. Inge, 3B

For the Red Sox:

  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Manny Ramirez, LF
  5. Mike Lowell, 3B
  6. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  7. J.D. Drew, RF
  8. Kevin Cash, C
  9. Julio Lugo, SS