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Orioles to announce Adam Jones extension on Sunday

May 26, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

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From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles have completed a contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones and are planning to announce the deal at a press conference Sunday.

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.

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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.

  1. Loose Changeup - May 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    See, I told you guys there’s a major league baseball team in Baltimore!

  2. boh930 - May 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Wait… The first place Orioles are locking down a big contract with a budding young superstar? Has anybody checked Angelos’ pulse? I suspect the only time you’ll see him moving is to music a la Weekend at Bernie’s. Or maybe he’s just a marionette now like Mr. Burns in that episode where Homer and Smithers killed him.

  3. lapsncaps - May 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    He is also in the midst of a 17 game hitting streak. Love that the O’s are taking care of their own. The deal can be worth as much as $91 million, and is the second highest paid CF only behind Kemp. But will of course be no higher than the 3rd highest after the season when Hamilton gets a megadeal.

    OT: Bundy gave up his first two earned runs when pitching for High-A Frederick tonight: 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 0BB, 6K. (Travis Shaw had a 2R homer, came into game batting .345)

    • randomdigits - May 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      You think Hamilton is going to be a CF going forward?

  4. cereal blogger - May 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Great move by the Birds, Jones is the ideal type of kid you want to build around

  5. oriolesforlife - May 27, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Wieters is next. This team has a lot of work to do to prove we’re serious about winning, but this is a great first step!

    • ravenscaps48 - May 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Roger That

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 27, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    You mean I have to spend six more years watching him crush Jays and Red Sox pitching? Dammit.

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