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Adam Jones and the Orioles had “preliminary discussions” about long-term deal

Feb 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

Adam Jones

Earlier this offseason there were some trade rumors swirling around Adam Jones, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “have had some preliminary discussions about an extension” with the 26-year-old center fielder.

For now the two sides are scheduled for an arbitration hearing Friday to determine if Jones will be paid $7.4 million or $5 million this season. Settling somewhere around the $6.2 million midpoint before then is likely, with executive vice president Dan Duquette telling Connolly that they’ve “been working on it for a while.”

Duquette also revealed that the Orioles “have discussed a variety of different options” for Jones regarding a multi-year deal. He’ll be arbitration eligible for the third and final time next season, at which point Jones will be a 28-year-old free agent in line for a big payday. Last year he hit .280 with 25 homers and a .785 OPS and among the 32 center fielders with at least 1,000 plate appearances during the past three seasons Jones ranks seventh with a .781 OPS.

  1. Mark - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    “and among the 32 center fielders with at least 1,000 plate appearances during the past three seasons Jones ranks seventh with a .781 OPS.”

    Which sounds great at first. Until you realize he ranks 13th in wOBA and 22nd in WAR among CF over that time. So really he’s someone the O’s should be selling high on, not extending as he’s fairly overrated and not that good.

    • paperlions - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      ….and that there were only 38 CF with over 1000 PAs over that time from.

      Over the last 2 years, he’s been comparatively worse, 15th in WAR out of 23 CFers with 1000+ PAs.

      • atworkident - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        Dan Duquette should hire you guys for the arbitration settlement.

  2. randygnyc - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Orioles should improve their rotation and trade Jones, straight up for AJ Burnett. Think of the trouble they’d save themselves by avoiding a long, protracted and perhaps, contentious negotiations with jones. Problems solved!!!

    • atworkident - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM

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