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O’s avoid arbitration with Adam Jones at $6.15 million

Feb 14, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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From beat writer Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun comes word that the Orioles have avoided arbitration with center fielder Adam Jones by agreeing to a one-year, $6.15 million contract.

Jones filed for a $7.4 million salary and was offered $5 million from the O’s when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. It took a little over three weeks for the two sides to find a middle ground.

An arbitration hearing was scheduled for Friday.

Jones, 26, batted .280 with a .785 OPS, 25 home runs, 83 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 151 games last year for last-place Baltimore. He’s currently slated to hit the free agent market after the 2013 season.

  1. Gonzo - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    He should have held out. I think he would have gotten the $7.4 at arbitration.

  2. henryd3rd - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    And you wonder why the Orioles are in such bad shape? Buck are you watching this? You should have stayed on ESPN. At the very least folks there were listening to you. Adam Jones never saw a pitch he felt he couldn’t hit no matter if were were in the dirt or a foot off the plate. I doubt if he’s ever heard of the term plate discipline.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I have a feeling he’s going to be one of those guys that just never reaches his potential. Maybe the Rays and Orioles should swap him and Upton to see if that lights a fire under either of them.

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