Jones was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. The Rangers are set in the outfield at the major league level with Ian Desmond, Delino DeShields Jr., and Shin-Soo Choo all set to start the season, leaving Jones as a likely candidate to spend the year in the minors. The 27-year-old center fielder had a solid showing this spring with a .310 average with two home runs, a double, and a triple over 42 at-bats. He'll provide organizational outfield depth at Round Rock or Frisco this season in all likelihood.
Jones signed a minor league deal with the Rangers on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training. He was acquired in the Leonys Martin trade with Seattle, and then non-tendered, so the Rangers found a way to bring him back without using a 40-man spot. Jones is a great athlete, but he is still working on being a skilled baseball player. Look for him to spend most of the year at Triple-A, as the Rangers have a lot of organizational outfield depth.
Jones went non-tendered by the Rangers on Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports. Jones had only been a Ranger for about two weeks before they decided to not tender him a contract. He came to the Rangers through a five-player trade with the Mariners. Even though the Rangers decided not to tender Jones, they expressed interest in signing him to a minor league deal instead.
The Mariners dealt Jones to the Rangers in a five-player trade Monday. Jones joined Tom Wilhelmsen and a player to be named later in exchange for Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass. Expect Jones to serve as a depth outfielder in Texas, after coming off a season in which he spent much of the campaign in Triple-A Tacoma, putting together a .272/.365/.381 slash line with 25 stolen bases at the affiliate.
The Mariners added four players to the active roster on Tuesday, the team announced. Pitcher J.C. Ramirez , catcher Steven Baron , outfielder James Jones and first baseman Jesus Montero will all be part of Seattle's roster.