Longtime Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, the face of the franchise during its most recent run of winning, is set to sign a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to reports.
Dontrelle Willis of MLB Network was
first to report
Jones was close to a deal with Arizona. The deal is for $3 million guaranteed, per
Jeff Passan of ESPN
Jones, 33, played in Baltimore from 2008-2018 and was a five-time All-Star with the club. The Orioles won more regular-season games (444) than any other American League team from 2012-2016, and Jones played a key part.
Jones' best seasons came from 2012-2015, during which he played in four straight All-Star Games. He hit .281/.318/.486 with 121 home runs during that stretch, and from 2012-2014, Jones missed just six games -- all while playing center field, one of the most demanding positions on the field.
He was a career .279/.319/.459 hitter during his 11 seasons in Baltimore and racked up 32.4 WAR, according to Baseball Reference, making him one of the most valuable players in the history of the franchise.
Jones was originally acquired from the Seattle Mariners ahead of the 2008 season as part of a package for left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard. Jones broke out in 2012, prompting the Orioles to sign him to a six-year, $85.5 million extension, which expired at the end of the 2018 season.
Jones became embedded in the community during his time in Baltimore, contributing time and money to organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, Living Classrooms and Sharp Dressed Man.
Now with the Diamodnbacks, Jones figures to play a corner outfield spot. Jones shifted to right field in August 2018, making way for Cedric Mullins to play center. It's unclear whether Jones will play every day or on a part-time basis.
This has been updated.
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