The Cleveland Indians demoted reliever Doug Jones, their all-time save leader, to Class AAA Colorado Springs yesterday.
Jones had the right to refuse the assignment and become a free agent, but said he would report to the minors. If he had opted for free agency, he would have forfeited more than $700,000 remaining on his $2.05 million salary for this year.
"That decision wasn't hard at all," Jones said.
He said he wasn't surprised that no team claimed him off waivers.
"Who wants my contract?" he said.
Jones, 34, has struggled all season, going 1-7 with a 7.47 ERA and six saves in 11 opportunities. He had a team-record 43