DETROIT – Outfielder JaCoby Jones will remain with the Detroit Tigers.
Jones, nominated for an assignment on Sunday, cleared the waivers and was transferred outright to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
Jones had the right to reject the assignment, but that would have forced him to forgo the remainder of his 2021 salary (roughly $ 1.7 million).
Jones had previously been demoted to Toledo and was playing for the Mud Hens when he was named DFA to free up space on the 40-man roster to add another pitcher.
Jones, 29, was one of the Tigers’ most productive offensive players during injury-cut seasons in 2019 and 2020, but he struggled mightily in the first six weeks of 2021 and was selected for Triple. -In Toledo on May 23.
Jones was hitting just 0.170 with a .460 OPS in 105 home plate appearances with the Big League club. He had just five walks and 42 strikeouts.
Jones also struggled to get on track with the Mud Hens. He has 18 strikeouts in 47 home plate appearances since his demotion, with an OPS of just 0.619.
If he finds his shot, he could still return to Detroit, especially given the Tigers’ recent injury streak. Outfielder Derek Hill and Victor Reyes are currently on the 10-day injured list. The Tigers recalled Daz Cameron from Toledo on Thursday.