Former Twin Jones wants a chance
Agent expects outfielder, 34, to impress teams at Meetings
DENVER -- Veteran outfielder Jacque Jones believes he can still play. He'll let teams see for themselves at next week's Winter Meetings in Indianapolis.
Jones, who will turn 35 on April 25, hit .277 with 165 home runs over 10 seasons (1999-2008), mostly with the Twins, but he did not play in the Majors last season after the Reds released him at the end of Spring Training.
Damon Lapa of All Bases Covered Sports Management, which represents Jones, said team executives will be impressed with Jones' physical conditioning and interest in continuing his career.
"I think any team will be impressed to sit across from Jacque Jones and reach out and shake his hand," Lapa said. "He looks as if he took his uniform off two weeks ago -- probably the best that I've seen him look. He has a lot of baseball left in his body, and he's looking for a team, hoping to make them look like geniuses."
Jones was with the Twins from 1991-2005, hitting .279 with 132 home runs and 476 RBIs while reaching the postseason four times. As a member of the Cubs in 2006 and '07, he hit .285 with 32 homers and 147 RBIs. In 2008, Jones struggled -- first with the Tigers, then with the Marlins -- to a .147 batting average in 42 games.
Jones has played all three outfield position as well as designated hitter, and he played some first base at Reds camp. Jones played 28 games last season with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League and hit .311 with five home runs and 28 RBIs.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.