Marlins closing in on deal with Jones

Marlins, Jones close to deal

MIAMI -- Jacque Jones is close to becoming a Marlin.

Negotiations between the Marlins and Jones' agent, Damon Lapa, are in "advanced discussions."

Released recently by the Tigers, Jones would provide the Marlins with a veteran outfielder, who can factor into the center-field mix. Jones also has experience leading off.

Jones played in 24 games with the Tigers this season before the left-handed hitter was designated for assignment on May 5. He was released on May 13.

A career .278 hitter, Jones has appeared in 1,284 games and he has 165 homers and 1,268 hits.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.