Adam Jones has been to many FanFests during his Orioles career. As he walked around the Baltimore Convention Center for this year's event Jan. 27, he didn't want to discuss whether it would be his last one.
Jones, 32, is entering his 11th season with the Orioles, and the five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove center fielder said there haven't been any extension talks. He is completing the final year of a six-year, $85.5 million contract.
He's never been to free agency. Jones signed the six-year extension in May 2012, nearly six months before he would have hit the market.
"I have to have a clear and open mind about the whole situation and don't just make a rash decision," Jones said. "Now, it's not just my decision. It's my family's decision. Most importantly it's about winning. Anybody who knows me knows that. It's not about money, it's about winning. If I'm in a winning environment, I'll be happy. If I'm not, I won't be happy."
Jones has 1,618 hits with the Orioles, fourth-most in franchise history behind Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray.
His wife is from Baltimore, and he has been active in community work. Despite those ties and his place in franchise history, Jones isn't saying he must finish his career with the Orioles, because the team hasn't approached him.
"They haven't, so, therefore, it's hard to speak in hypotheticals in this game," Jones said.
When he was asked further questions about being with the Orioles in 2019 and beyond, he declined to answer, saying the queries should be directed to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
"The player is the guy who wants to go out there and play no matter what," Jones said. "As you've seen me, I just want to be in the environment of winning. The last five years have been good. Last year, it tailed off at the end."
In the past, Jones has been outspoken about the club's needs. He's met with managing partner Peter Angelos to share his thoughts, and, a year ago, used FanFest to lobby for the team to add corner outfielders who were superior defenders.
Jones has never played any position other than center field with the Orioles, and he's reluctant to make a move to right field.
"If there's somebody that's better, but not right now," Jones said. "If there's somebody that suitable, sure in a couple of years. As of now, I'm a center fielder."
With spring training barely two weeks away, and the Orioles yet to make a major addition, Jones isn't saying much about the club's inaction.
"We need a corkboard for all the things that I guess we need," Jones said. "I understand now that as I've gotten older you just can't throw 'X' amount of dollars at certain people. You just can't do it. Certain markets can't do it. I get that, so just get me some guys that's going to go out there and compete, play their heart out, and I'll be happy."
It's not just the Orioles who haven't made moves, he said.
"I think that question could be asked for every player in every organization right now -- besides the Yankees," Jones said. "You see there's still over 100 free agents."
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