06/20/08 7:05 PM ET
Ex-Marlin Jones opts for free agency
Outfielder was designated for assignment on June 11
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Designated for assignment by Florida on June 11, Jones has since cleared waivers, and on Monday, the club outrighted him to Triple-A Albuquerque. But Jones had the right to decline the Minor League offer, and pursued other options.
On Friday, Jones' agent, Damon Lapa, said the 33-year-old has "elected to be a free agent."
Jones had a short tenure with the Marlins. He signed a Minor League deal with Florida on May 19, six days after he was released by the Tigers.
Jones played 18 games for the Marlins, and he was 4-for-37 (.108) in limited action.
In Jones, the Marlins were obtaining a veteran left-handed-hitting outfielder who could platoon in center with Cody Ross.
Counting his time this season with the Tigers, Jones has appeared in 42 games and batting .147 (17-for-116) with two doubles, a triple, one home run and seven RBIs.
A San Diego native, Jones broke in with the Twins in 1999, and he has also played for the Cubs and Tigers before joining the Marlins.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.