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Adam Jones Likely Staying With Orioles For 2018 Season

July 30, 2018 - 9:51 am

By Joe Schiller

Heading into Sunday’s matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays, rumors were swirling surrounding Adam Jones’ future with the Baltimore Orioles. With just two days before the MLB trade deadline, the Orioles traded reliever Brad Brach to the Atlanta Braves but kept Jones.

For now.

In the Orioles’ postgame press conference, general manager Dan Duquette spoke on the matter saying, “As far as the club is concerned, we would expect Adam will be with us after the trade deadline … and we’re going to be taking a look at some younger ballplayers going forward. We’ve made that clear. That’s the intent of the club. That’s the direction we’re going to go in.”

According to Jon Heyman, there was a chance for Jones to be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies but he preferred to stay in Baltimore due to a number of reasons.

It’s not an easy decision for neither the Orioles nor Jones. Since being traded to Baltimore in 2008, Jones has been the face of the franchise. He’s a five-time All-Star and has racked up 250 home runs and 789 RBIs in an Orioles uniform during that span.

But for a team that’s beginning a full-scale rebuild, things begin to get difficult. Because Jones has spent 10 seasons in the majors and five consecutive years with the Orioles, he qualifies as a 10-and-5 player. It essentially gives him no-trade clause protection.

As Duquette noted, the Orioles will be focusing on young talent. One, in particular, center fielder Yusniel Diaz, could quickly rise up the minor league ranks within the next year.

While Jones may stay in Baltimore for the rest of the season, it’s certainly not farfetched to believe he could be sporting a different uniform one year later.