Orioles Release Chris Jones

FRIDAY: The Orioles have released Jones, according to the team's transactions page.

MONDAY: The Orioles announced that they have designated left-hander Chris Jones for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Nelson Cruz, whose one-year deal is now official.

Jones, 25, was acquired from the Braves last April in exchange for right-hander Luis Ayala. The former 15th-round pick (Indians) posted a solid 2.85 ERA in 79 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season, though his 6.2 K/9 rate and 4.1 BB/9 rate were less impressive. Jones would make an intriguing pick-up for a team in need of left-handed relief, as he held opposing lefties to a minuscule .196/.291/.268 batting line in 128 plate appearances last season.

Jones has a 3.42 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 434 1/3 career innings in the minors.

23 Responses to Orioles Release Chris Jones Leave a Reply

  1. DirtyJay 1 year ago

    Seems like a guy Cubs would want…. Need LH depth

    • Mike3764 1 year ago

      Why not…the Cubs pick up plenty of Orioles’ discards.

      • Defiancy 1 year ago

        Well this guy actually spent three years in the Cubs system already so he’s a Cubs discard that the Orioles discarded.

        • TheTruth 1 year ago

          He spent a lot of time with the Indians who traded him to the Braves for Derek Lowe. The Braves then traded him to the Orioles for Luis Ayala. He was never a Cub as far as I can tell.

          • Defiancy 1 year ago

            You know what, I had Ryan Butchers fangraphs page open at the same time so I must have looked at Butchers thinking it was Jones.

  2. O Captain, My Captain 1 year ago

    I thought this said Chris Davis for a second, lol.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

      Its the superhuman combination of Chris Davis and Adam Jones

  3. Jonny Boy Clutch 1 year ago

    Though not a particular need i would love to see the red sox bring him in. I saw him pitch in triple a and he looks promising

  4. happyheater 1 year ago

    wouldn’t they need LH relievers with patton out for the first 25? maybe just as some insurance. kid seems pretty good from what i saw last year

    • snowbladerp14 1 year ago

      matsuz is a left hander and they have britton and mcfarland to help out

      • happyheater 1 year ago

        ah i forgot about mcfarland. britton i heard was going to try the rotation. but is out of options so i guess head into the season with brian and zach?

        • snowbladerp14 1 year ago

          yea more than likely britton will attempt to crack the rotation but that became extremely difficult after ubaldo signing. he would have to beat out norris

    • Damon Bowman 1 year ago

      Since the O’s brought in Dave Wallace and Dom Chiti who would have been already familiar with Jones, I’d wager they let Duquette know that Jones was expendable.

  5. Brian Baker 1 year ago

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Braves bring him back. Avilan is the only healthy MLB LH reliever on 40 man. The others are Venters (coming off Tommy John and won’t return till May at earliest) and 2 minor leaguers.

    • Defiancy 1 year ago

      Chris Jones is a minor leaguer, so I’m not sure why he would have a leg up over the other 2 minor leaguers the Braves currently have in camp like Ryan Buchter.

  6. Ishkabibble 1 year ago

    One little clerical misstep and the O’s would’ve been designating Chris Davis for assignment.

  7. Tigers72 1 year ago

    Hopefully Tigers get him. Anything to get rid of Coke.

  8. Vmmercan 1 year ago

    Yankees? I think they’re pretty dedicated to staying internal for lefty relief but with the rest of the bullpen outside of D Rob being a little soft to me, I would eat up some relievers if they can afford the roster spot.

  9. Corey 1 year ago

    This guy has Cubs written all over him.

  10. FS54 1 year ago

    Can he be signed on a minor league deal? or does he have to be on 40 man roster? I would like Nationals to sign him to a minor league deal. Nationals do not have plenty of options for a loogy role.

    • Damon Bowman 1 year ago

      The way I understand the rules, since he’s been released outright anybody can sign him however they see fit to agree with Jones & his agent. Since it appears he was going to clear waivers, I can’t see any reason signing him and putting him on the 40-man roster — especially during Spring Training.

  11. Curt 1 year ago

    I really don’t understand this move being he’s a left hander , and young as well .

  12. brian310 1 year ago

    White Sox could use another lefty

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