May 26, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT
Initial reports had the extension reaching over $100 million, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that it’s closer to $85 million. Over six years.
Jones, 26, entered play Sunday with a .310/.353/.594 batting line, 14 home runs, seven stolen bases and 31 RBI. He was to be eligible for salary arbitration for the final time in 2013.
This contract buys out his first five years of free agency and will keep him in Baltimore through age 33.
If Jones is truly ready to sustain an elite level of offensive production, it should be a good deal for both sides.
UPDATE, 7:32 PM: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the contract is for six years at $88.5 million. It’s the largest deal in O’s history and makes him the second-highest paid center fielder in MLB.
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