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Omar Infante Traded to Cubs for Jacque Jones

I picked this up from The View From the Bleachers but it looks like the Tigers shored up their outfielder by trading Omar Infante to the Cubs for Jacque Jones and cash.  Jones looks like he’s on the downswing but he’s also been sort of the odd man out in the Cubs outfield.  He’s been surrounded by trade rumors pretty much since he got to Chicago.  He had an off year in 2007 but he was a solid 20 homer/75 RBI guy orior to that and he’s a career .280 hitter.  His upside is probably his 2006 season but I’d be happy with what he gave the Twins back in 2005.

I’ve always been a big fan of Omar Infante but it just didn’t seem like it was going to work in Detroit.  He had a breakout season in 2004 when Fernando Vina went down with an injury and he earned the starting second base job in 2005 but he struggled early.  He then lost his job when the Tigers traded for Placido Polanco and since then, he’s spent time both in the minors and as a utility player (he can play outfield and infield).  He fell out of favor last year and the Tigers eventually went with Ramon Santiago down the stretch and after they signed Santiago yesterday, it was probably just a matter of time before Infante was gone.

Still, Infante is only 25 and while that breakout season is three years removed, it’s there.  I don’t know what the Cubs have planned for Infante but you wonder if Alan Trammell’s presence on the team had anything to do with this deal.

I’ve also long been a fan of Infante – I think he can be an above-average SS/2B if given regular playing time. Is there some knock on him defensively? It seems the Tigers would’ve been better to keep Infante over Santiago.

Posted by Andrew on November 12th, 2007 at 3:10 pm

I like it. It’s a left handed Craig Monroe almost. If he can hit like he did last year and not the two before that, it’s a good move. He has more room to play than Infante.

The only problem I have is that it seems the Tigers keep getting older, and, besides pitching, where’s the reloadability? Granderson is the only everyday player under 30 years old.

If they don’t win it all soon, they could be in trouble a few years down the road.

Posted by Chris on November 12th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Leyland didn’t like Infante’s defense, not that it was terrible, but nothing special either.

Good move getting JJ, they only get old for a year with Jones, he is nothing more than a rental, keeping the spot warm for Maybin next year.

A JJ/Thames platoon in LF is a solid move.

Posted by Ryan on November 13th, 2007 at 7:38 am

Viva la Todd Jones….at least it is only one year.

Posted by Ryan on November 13th, 2007 at 7:39 am

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