Given his status as a pending free agent, center fielder Adam Jones is an obvious trade candidate for an Orioles team with no hope of competing this season. However, as a 10-and-5 player (10 years of MLB service time, five in a row with the same team), Jones would be able to block a trade anywhere. The 32-year-old spoke about his future Friday, saying (via Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com) that “it’s my family’s decision.” Jones noted that back when he signed his $85.5MM extension with Baltimore in 2012, he was able to make the decision himself. But now that Jones has a family, they’ll have a major hand in how his career plays out going forward. Whether the Jones family will have to make a key choice on the player’s future in the next couple weeks will depend on if the Orioles find a taker for him via trade. So far, the O’s haven’t approached Jones about his 10-and-5 status, Kubatko reports.
Here’s more from the AL East:
- Red Sox southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez left his start Saturday against Toronto after 5 1/3 scoreless innings with an apparent right knee injury, per Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com. That’s the same knee Rodriguez had surgery on last October, McAdam points out, making this a potentially worrisome situation for first-place Boston. So far this season, Rodriguez has helped form an excellent 1-2-3 atop the Red Sox’s rotation with Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, having logged a 3.44 ERA/3.56 FIP with 9.46 K/9 and 2.75 BB/9 in 104 2/3 innings. [Update: It’s a right ankle sprain, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic tweets. X-rays came back negative, but the Red Sox are continuing to evaluate Rodriguez.]
- In further unfortunate news for the Red Sox’s staff, knuckleballer Steven Wright’s recovery from left knee inflammation is “taking longer than expected,” manager Alex Cora said Saturday (via Christopher Smith of MassLive.com). Wright, who went on the DL on June 26, is continuing to deal with soreness in that knee – which he had surgically repaired in May 2017. As a result, the Red Sox will have to continue awaiting his return. When healthy earlier this season, Wright notched 40 innings of 3.38 ERA ball and a 53.2 percent groundball rate, though he also posted underwhelming strikeout and walk rates (6.98 K/9, 4.5 BB/9).
- Blue Jays lefty Jaime Garcia, out since June 23 with shoulder tenderness, is nearing activation from the DL, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com writes. He’ll work out of the bullpen upon his return, though, Chisholm adds. The demotion continues a disappointing 2018 for Garcia, whom the Jays signed to a one-year, $10MM contract over the winter. Long a solid back-end starter, the 32-year-old has put up a 6.16 ERA in 61 1/3 innings this season.
- Back to Boston, which promoted veteran infielder Brandon Phillips from Low-A to Triple-A on Saturday, the Red Sox’s top affiliate in Pawtucket announced (h/t: Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic). The 37-year-old Phillips, who signed a minors deal on June 27, collected 26 PAs at the Low-A level. He’ll continue trying to work his way back to the majors and serve as a helpful second/third base piece for the Sox.
Trade Chavis,Swihart,Groome and Sam Travis for Barraclough, Realmuto and Castro
Look like an ankle, not his knee, for Rodriguez
Better than a knee problem, but Sox players are falling like dominoes right now. Vazquez, Wright, Pearce, E-Rod. And with nothing in their farm system.
It was an ankle sprain for E-Rod.
Orioles haven’t been in contact with one of their own players about their future with the team? There’s a surprise…
Just means no solid offers worth exploring with him at this time. Adam has already made it known if it helps the team and works for his family he would consider, but would like Baltimore to get him back in offseason…why he would want to return I don’t get it myself…Duquette needs to go first
Probably because he just bought Cal’s former estate + nobody else would play him in CF. He has no range and it would only be further exploited in a bigger ballpark.
It is never a good time to get injured, but at least with the all-star break approaching E-Rod may return before missing too many starts.
I know one team Jones won’t go to.
Which one and why? Don’t know the background there.
Red Sox because of a bad relationship with the fans, including alleged racial slurs tossed his way
Ohhhh yeah I forgot about that. But the fans gave him a huge ovation the following night though right? Kinda felt like all was forgiven after that no?
The Red Sox seem to be downplaying their injuries. Wright is more than likely out for the season and its anybody’s guess how long Rodriguez and Pearce will be out. They don’t want to seem desperate at the trade deadline but if the other AL power teams upgrade themselves then the Red Sox will need to figure out a way to do the same. They have a critical lack of depth in the pitching department.
Thank you for your brilliant insight, all-knowing rmullig2 !!
Rough crowd tonight
Probably frustrations at home. Comment about Boston’s injuries is pretty accurate. Hoping for the best for Wright because like Wakefield before him, he can start or relieve.
Injury issues are starting to stack up for the Sox but hopefully nothing too serious and they can maintain their incredible pace while awaiting the longer term DL players returns. one note… it’s a little odd to list Steven Wright’s stats and then mention his K and BB per 9 is underwhelming… he’s not a traditional pitcher lol… he’s a knuckleballer it’s not exactly like he’s greatly underperformed because he’s K’s less guys or walks them the same as a regular pitcher. all in all he was quite effective before his final start that then landed him on the DL
Wouldn’t a trade be good for him so he can avoid a qualifying offer?
Jones that is…..
There’s probably a 0% chance he gets a QO
Please buy out Garcia and save us from watching him under perform in the second half of the season…
The money’s spent already so they may as well ride it out unless they really want to see SRF or Pannone
Ya, I’d rather they check out prospects or possible late bloomers in this lost season, then waste a spot on Garcia
Erod is very important for the Red Sox. He has been a very good pitcher and had been getting better and better this start he was only at 61 pitches through the first 5 1/3 innings. It’s a shame at least it appears that is a sprained ankle and not the knee. Hopefully he will be back soon. Hopefully it’s not bad it will be a big blow to Boston’s hopes of getting the best record hope for a speedy recovery.
I want to know why there was no pinch hitters in the last game for Boston…just because X hits a walk off grand slam doesn’t eliminate the rediculous choice not to hit Moreland for Nunez or Leon in the 9th or Lin leading off the 10th vs two RHP…that crap has got to stop. Rant over…manage the game manager! Thank you.
Jones wouldn’t even have the chance to say no to Boston….Boston has at least three outfielders that are better than him anyway