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The Adam Jones extension reported to be six years and “in the $85 million range”

May 25, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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There have been conflicting reports all morning about where the Adam Jones deal is going to come down. Some people have pegged at as north of $100 million. Ken Rosenthal says, however, that he’s hearing it will be six years and “in the $85 million range.”

If so, this seems like a pretty good deal for the Orioles, coming out just north of $14 million a year.  At that rate, Jones need not slug .600 like he is this year. Indeed, this could be a career year for him, followed by some years of good-to-moderate power, good defense and .280+ hitting, and it would still be a nice signing for the Orioles. And for Jones, too.

Still, this is the Orioles’ largest deal in history, eclipsing¬†Miguel Tejada’s six-year, $72 million free agent deal back in 2004 and sending a signal to O’s fans that they’re serious about putting a quality product on the field.

  1. oriolesforlife - May 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Is this what it feels like to root for a real baseball team?

    • chiadam - May 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      The O’s are a real team, but I get your point. People just forget what a good baseball town Baltimore is. Lots of history with the Orioles.

      • ravenscaps48 - May 25, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Best team in baseball from the 50’s – 80’s… A LOT of people forget that

  2. natinals10 - May 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Absolute steal for the Orioles. I can’t believe he signed for so little

    • tcostant - May 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Agree, anything less than $100M is a huge home town discount.

  3. rockthered1286 - May 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    That moved rather quickly. This morning his agent was headed into town, not even 6 hours later we have a deal! and truth be told, it seems to come at a bit of a discount if these numbers are accurate.

    Angelos is officially working his way off the Baltimore’s sh*t list. Next on the dockett? Getting Weiters signed long term.

    Why are O’s fans rejoycing in Baltimore?
    -Jones long term deal
    -Xavier Avery playing fantastic in LF (out of the blue too)
    -Chen has proven a great overseas acquisition
    -1st place in the AL East nearly through the end of May
    -Brian Roberts on his way back from a long stint on the DL
    -Bobby Andino looks like an everyday infielder as opposed to a fill in
    -Matusz returning to form

    Things have been great in Baltimore for this club, and to all the naysayers?

    Let us enjoy our O’s, bro’s and natty bohs! (only effective if said with a Baltimore accent)

    • mclovinib - May 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      it’s O’s strohs and natty bohs! only effective if said correctly

  4. steviep23 - May 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Nice he’s better than werth and signed him for half the price.

    • tcostant - May 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      And younger than Werth too! But to be fair, Werth was a free agent and Jones wasn’t going to be on ’til 2013.

  5. watermelon1 - May 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Next step is signing a power hitter for that homer friendly park they have. A guy teams have to think about pitching around, and who gives the others in the lineup protection.

    Now that the O’s dont look miserable… Perhaps free agents might actually want to play for them.

    But let’s enjoy this season for now. Hopefully they can keep atop the al east into August o September and really make things interesting.

  6. ravensnosncaps - May 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    It is great just having the O’s compete.

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