James Jones
James Jones
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
Out
Injury Kneecap
Est. Return 3/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for James Jones in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in January of 2020.
Out for season with knee injury
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Kneecap
April 2, 2020
Jones tore his right patellar tendon while at home Monday in Arizona and has been ruled out for the 2020 season, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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According to Grant, Jones suffered the injury while tripping over one of his son's toys. The outfielder-turned-lefty pitcher had been attending Rangers camp as a non-roster invitee and was expected to open the season at Triple-A Nashville before the injury surfaced. He underwent surgery Wednesday and will turn his focus to rehabbing his knee before returning to the mound for the start of spring training in 2021.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2016
2015
After 108 games with the Mariners in 2014, Jones hoped to land a reserve outfield spot last spring. The Mariners, though, wisely realized that speed is his only weapon and parked him at Triple-A Tacoma for most of the season. In 31 plate appearances with the Mariners, Jones reached base five times -- three hits and two walks -- and you can't steal if you're not on base. Jones has no power and he has struggled with plate discipline against big league pitching. The only surprise when the Mariners traded him this offseason was that the Rangers wanted him. He re-signed with Texas after being non-tendered in December, but Jones' upside looks to be limited to pinch running and as a late-game defensive replacement.
Jones was the Mariners' regular center fielder for a good portion of summer, but he gave way to Austin Jackson after the trade-deadline acquisition. Speed is Jones' only offensive weapon as he has no power, and he struggled with plate discipline. A two-month stretch with his batting average in the .280 range was largely built on a high BABIP. On the basepaths, though, he was caught stealing just once in 28 attempts. And even after Jackson's arrival, he still kept running, stealing seven bases in his last 29 games. Jones could land a reserve outfield role in spring training. While his bat won't do anyone any favors, his speed his intriguing.
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Invited to Rangers' camp
PTexas Rangers  AAA
January 9, 2020
Jones signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Thursday as a non-roster invitee.
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Inks minor-league deal with Texas
PTexas Rangers  AAA
February 16, 2019
The Rangers re-signed Jones to a minor-league contract, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Signs minor-league deal with Texas for 2017
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
September 23, 2016
Jones (elbow) recently underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2017 season but has signed a minor-league contract with Texas for next season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Placed on DL
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
August 12, 2016
Jones was placed on the DL with an elbow impingement, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Converted to pitcher
PTexas Rangers  AAA
August 3, 2016
Jones is being converted to the mound, according to Jamey Newberg of the Newberg Report.
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