We have no idea what Jacque Jones will provide for the Detroit Tigers on the field, but on his ESPN.com blog today, Curtis Granderson passed along an anecdote that might indicate what a veteran like Jones could mean to the team off the field. Over the weekend, Jim Leyland called Granderson into his office to inform him that he'd be getting some time off at the beginning of the week. (Amusingly, Curtis thought something else might have been up when he was called to the manager's office.)
Afterwards, Granderson talked to Jones about getting some time off so early in Spring Training:
After hearing Jacque tell me that, it made a lot of sense. There really is no reason now to get all these at-bats this early in the spring, and get worn out before the season even starts. Now that I understand that, I look forward to these off days.
Obviously, the Tigers are hoping for more than locker room wisdom from Jones this season. Some sterling defense in left field, along with left-handed pop from his bat would benefit the team greatly. But that conversation also indicates the sort of team building Leyland and Dave Dombrowski had in mind by bringing in veteran players to help along the still-developing young talent establishing itself on the roster. (And though Gary Sheffield might provide some of that guidance, as well, he's also prone to outbursts that don't offer much of anything useful.)