October 30th, 2008
Originally, it was an $11 million option for 2009. However, Renteria’s All-Star selection in 2006 triggered a bonus that made it a $12 million option. The buyout remained the same at $3 million, which I guess is all that matters at this point. It’s academic, I know, but I wanted to clear up any confusion since a couple different totals are being listed out there.
Jeff Jones is back as bullpen coach. The Tigers announced his re-hiring Thursday.
Detroit let him go at season’s end as part of a package with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez’s dismissal. Manager Jim Leyland kept saying at the time that the new pitching coach should be able to pick his own bullpen coach, someone he knows he can work with. That someone, it turns out, is Jones.
“Jeff has done a tremendous job for the Tigers organization over the years,” Leyland said. “After talking with both Jeff and [pitching coach] Rick Knapp this week in Detroit, we felt Jeff was the best fit to be the club’s bullpen coach.”