Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Adam Jones

7:38pm: The deal is worth roughly $3.25MM, according to Connolly (via Twitter).  That's about what MLBTR's Tim Dierkes predicted in August, as Jones gets his first big payday after losing a Super Two tiebreaker the previous offseason.

6:37pm: The Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal with Adam Jones, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun (via Twitter).  This year was the outfielder's first as an arbitration-eligible player.

Last season Jones came close to replicating the numbers from his 2009 All-Star campaign.  The 25-year-old hit .284/.325/.442 with 19 homers in 621 plate appearances.  In five big league seasons, Jones owns a slash line of .274/.319/.427 with a respectable -4.7 UZR/150 in center field.

According to MLBTR's Arb Tracker, the O's now have five players who are still eligible for arbitration this winter.  Felix Pie, J.J. Hardy, Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson, and Luke Scott are still scheduled to exchange figures with the club.


16 Responses to Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Adam Jones Leave a Reply

  1. Natinals 5 years ago

    Details?

  2. Does that mean that he forgoes his other arbitration – eligible years and goes straight to free agency next year?

    • pastlives 5 years ago

      no, they just go through the same process each winter now until he reaches 6 years service time.

    • not_brooks 5 years ago

      They just agreed on a one-year deal without going through the (sometimes painful) arbitration process. Jones still has two more arb years after this one.

      If Jones really breaks out this year, I can see the O’s offering a four or five year extension next winter.

  3. basemonkey 5 years ago

    This year will be an important one for Adam.

  4. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    This guy has a world of talent. Seems that he needs to mature in order to put it all together. He had a good year in ’09 and reverted to the same player that he was in ’08. Last year he gave off the impression as if he thought he had mastered the game and relied on just abillty alone. Hopefully Showalter can get him to all his abilities to reach his potential. He is really fun to watch, but can frustrate you when he does dumb things at times.

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      The thing was he didn’t really regress last year. His stats weren’t as good as 2009, but the entire league’s hitting was down last year. Jones’s OPS+ was 105 in 2009 and 107 in 2010. You could argue that he did just as well versus improved pitching.

      Of course in the end stats can be made to say anything.

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        This is another example of stats not telling the entire story.I watched him play the last couple of years and last year in particular, he seemed to be coasting, rather than playing with purpose. Yes his numbers don’t look too bad, but there were often times when he would try to make the spectacular play when all that was needed was a smart play and then not making any play. Other times not paying attention and committing baserunning mistakes. I recall one play where he was on second, a batter hit a deep fly ball into Leftcenter, he thought the fielder would not catch it, put his head down;never saw the ball caught and contineued around the bases only to be doubled up.Other times, swinging at bad pitches, something he had improved upon the previous years.
        Meanwhile he’ll go out and make a spectaular catch or throw or steal a base when needed.I really find him to an exciting player that’s not applying himself and really shortchanging himself and the fans as well.As I said, maybe Buck can help him become a star.

        • ugen64 5 years ago

          yeah, but just because he got lazier doesn’t mean he regressed. Hanley Ramirez is clearly lazier and doesn’t do the fundamentals as well as Derek Jeter, but if Derek Jeter turned into Ramirez next year (in performance & mentality), would you say he “regressed”? I think also, most of the team wasn’t there mentally for the first half (or even 2/3) of the campaign. we’ll see what happens next year.

          • I think Adam might just have a laid-back demeanor, which tends to give off a vibe of “being lazy”. Andruw Jones had the same problem. Adam’s definitely not lazy though.

        • ugen64 5 years ago

          yeah, but just because he got lazier doesn’t mean he regressed. Hanley Ramirez is clearly lazier and doesn’t do the fundamentals as well as Derek Jeter, but if Derek Jeter turned into Ramirez next year (in performance & mentality), would you say he “regressed”? I think also, most of the team wasn’t there mentally for the first half (or even 2/3) of the campaign. we’ll see what happens next year.

  5. A negative 4.7 UZR is “respectable?” Really?

  6. He needs to show up this year if we are going to compete.

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