Tigers Designate Outfielder Jones For Assignment

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DETROIT (AP) -- Jacque Jones was cut Monday by the Detroit Tigers, who had promised a lineup shakeup going into a homestand against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
Detroit designated Jones for assignment and has 10 days to trade the outfielder, put him on unconditional release waivers or send him outright to the minors.
Jones hit just .165 with a homer and five RBIs in 24 games for the Tigers, who acquired him during a busy offseason from the Chicago Cubs.
To take Jones' spot, Detroit purchased the contract of outfielder Matt Joyce from Triple-A Toledo. He hit .299 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 28 games for the Mud Hens.
Detroit dealt utility player Omar Infante to Chicago in exchange for Jones last offseason. The Tigers also acquired Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis and Edgar Renteria during the winter.
Jones -- in his 10th season -- is a career .278 hitter with 165 homers and 628 RBIs.
He played for the Minnesota Twins from 1999-05 and hit .300 in the 2002 and '03 with 43 homers over those two seasons.
Jones languished on the Cubs' bench in the first half of last season and was nearly traded before closing the season with solid production after becoming a starter.

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