By Steve Adams [February 24, 2014 at 4:41pm CST]
The Orioles announced that they have designated left-hander Chris Jones for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Nelson Cruz, whose one-year deal is now official.
Jones, 25, was acquired from the Braves last April in exchange for right-hander Luis Ayala. The former 15th-round pick (Indians) posted a solid 2.85 ERA in 79 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season, though his 6.2 K/9 rate and 4.1 BB/9 rate were less impressive. Jones would make an intriguing pick-up for a team in need of left-handed relief, as he held opposing lefties to a minuscule .196/.291/.268 batting line in 128 plate appearances last season.
Jones has a 3.42 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 434 1/3 career innings in the minors.
I'm sure the team will try to trade him. I hope we focus on acquiring International draft slot money instead of some marginal prospect or "cash considerations". With our diminished position in the June draft we're going to need to have as large an impact as possible in that forum.
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