Tigers Deepen OF, Pick Up Jacque Jones

Detroit gives up utility man Infante to the Cubbies
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 12:05 AM CST
Chicago Cubs' Jacque Jones comes up with the ball on a diving catch of a fly ball by Milwaukee Brewers' Kevin Mench during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 23, 2007, in Chicago. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The busy Detroit Tigers picked up another left-handed bat, acquiring outfielder Jacque Jones from the Chicago Cubs yesterday for Omar Infante. Jones, a nine-year vet, is expected to be the main left fielder but could also spell stars Curtis Granderson and Magglio Ordonez, reports the Associated Press. Jones, set to make $5.5 million, has four seasons of 20-plus home runs.

Add this move to the re-signing of closer Todd Jones and trade for shortstop Edgar Renteria and the Tigers appear to have filled several holes for 2008. Infante, who played for Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell when he managed Detroit, gives Chicago much-needed versatility, playing both infield and outfield. Tigers manager Jim Leyland praised Infante and called it a good trade for both teams.