KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers took the next step towards dropping Jacque Jones on Tuesday, when they requested unconditional release waivers on the outfielder.
The waivers are essentially a formality. The Tigers designated Jones for assignment on May 5, ending his Detroit tenure after little more than a month. That gave the club 10 days to either trade or release him, as he had the required amount of service time for the Tigers to prevent being outrighted to the Minors.
Though the Tigers tried to find a match for a deal, nothing came to fruition, despite reported interest from the Marlins and Padres. The Marlins remain a realistic possibility, but if so, but more likely with Jones as a free agent.
Detroit brought in Jones last fall to provide a left-handed bat to the lineup, acquiring him from the Cubs in exchange for utility man Omar Infante. However, Jones got off to another rough start at the plate, and the Tigers' struggles as a team made him the man to go when the club decided to shake up its roster.
Jones batted .165 (13-for-79) with a home run, five RBIs and 18 strikeouts in 24 games.
Assuming no one claims Jones before his waivers expire at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, the Tigers will release him. He'll make the remainder of his $5 million salary, but a portion of it will be picked up by the Cubs as part of last year's trade. Any team that signs him after he's released will only be required to pay him the minimum salary for the rest of the year.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.