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Report: Adam Jones Still a Trade Possibility for Orioles

August 17, 2018 - 10:06 am
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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Orioles are committed to a full-scale rebuild following a massive haul at the trade deadline and it’s continued with the beginning of the Cedric Mullins era. The 23-year-old made his major league debut in center field last Saturday against the Boston Red Sox, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs against the Boston Red Sox.

Mullins’ call-up moved veteran Adam Jones to unfamiliar territory in right field and the long-time center fielder passed over the torch to the next generation. Jones has long been a class act in Baltimore for 10+ years since coming over in the Eric Bedard deal from the Seattle Mariners but there’s a chance he could be sporting a different uniform by the end of the season.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, Jones passed waivers and could be traded to a playoff contender before the end of the regular season.

Per Heyman, the Orioles gauged interest from the New York Yankees. After trading closer Zach Britton to their AL East rival, the front office showed there are no limitations to potential trade partners - something that was thought off limits before.

If any potential deals are on the table, Jones will have final say. His 10-and-5 rights allow him to veto any trade scenario.

The opportunity could allow Jones to play for a World Series title. At 33-years-old, that’s not going to happen with the Orioles in the next few years, it's just the reality of the current situation. But given Jones’ ties to the city, it certainly wouldn’t be an easy breakup.

He continues to stay active in the community and promote his Stay Hungry Tailgate, which raised over $100,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Baltimore 

Jones’ bond with Baltimore is strong, but he could play elsewhere, have success and return to the Charm City to finish out his career. He’s still a valuable piece, batting .285 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs this season.

This continuing story will be something to keep an eye on as we get closer to the end of the regular season.