Jacque Jones Sent Down – What This Means for Marlins

Not so fast, my friends. Yes, Jacque Jones was designated for assignment – which means every GM in baseball has already been alerted and he will be faced with a ticket to AAA Alburquerque.

Jacque Jones has been designated for assignmentThis does not mean, however, that the Marlins are going to call up Cameron Maybin. (See Cameron Maybin’s stats.) Or at least it shouldn’t mean that.

The Marlins are genuinely excited about Maybin, but he has not shown any consistency at the plate where a team can seriously consider him for an everyday spot in CF. Or heck, even a bench position.

Maybin is hitting .264 and yes the power is showing up (12 home runs in 231 at bats) but his approach needs lots of work. He currently has 80 strikeouts and only 35 walks. His OBP is only .364, not too bad considering that he is striking out 34% of the time he goes to bat. That does not translate to any kind of success at the major league level and – in case Berardino hasn’t noticed – the Marlins are winning games and not that desperate.

In fact, I think this move signals one thing – Josh Willingham is going to return very soon. He went up to Jupiter today to begin his rehab stint there and he has been working out for some time. With Cody Ross putting together an unbelievable stretch of offense, the Marlins have no need to keep a struggling Jacque Jones on the roster. (Do they really need a Robert Andino? Well, it means the could put Alfredo Amezaga back out in center field if need be.)

Look for Jones to go to AAA and the Marlins to get Willingham back fairly soon (maybe during this road trip). On the disabled list with a lower back strain, he will join AA Carolina on Friday. Willingham is projected to have 10 days for his rehab assignment and could be back with the Marlins at the end of that period.

If Jones can rehab and get some more consistent playing time and put up decent numbers, he might be back for when the Marlins make their stretch run heading to the playoffs.

As for Maybin, yeah he has the raw physical talent but it would be unwise to bring him up at this point. Unless the Marlins are convinced he is the next Miguel Cabrera…