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Adam Jones avoids arbitration: one year, $3.25 million

Jan 17, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

Adam Jones

Sometimes the headline says it all, huh?  Jones made $465,000 last year, so he’s probably having his second best morning in some time today.

Jones hit .284/.325/.442 with 19 homers last year, his third full year in the bigs.  His second half was better than his first, mostly due to improved plate discipline. I wonder if Buck Showalter has anything to do with that.  If so, it makes me wonder if Jones, after a couple of more or less identical years, is ready to break out in 2011 like many people expect he eventually will.

  1. Panda Claus - Jan 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Being under team control for two more years, something I didn’t realize, makes me wonder if the O’s will try to work out an extension as the Reds did with Votto. Something tells me Showalter is going to want to see Jones play a whole season like last year ended before that happens. As it was, both Jones and Votto were arbitration eligible for the first time, but Cincinnati was smart to lock up Votto now, even though they didn’t need to yet.

  2. Charles Gates - Jan 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Locking up Adam Jones after last season where his OBP and SLG were down from ’09 would be buying low. Waiting for Jones to develop then signing him is buying high. McPhail either didn’t have the payroll flexability with all of the other arb eligible still unsigned, or doesn’t want to bet wrong on Jones’s peak performance.

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