Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has spent most of his tenure in Baltimore building with young talent and stopgap veterans around Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts, whom he signed to lucrative extensions before the 2009 season. IsAdam Jones the next in line for a big payday?
MacPhail recently told MASN's Amber Theoharis that the Orioles tried to talk about a new contract with the All-Star center fielder's agent in the offseason, but Team Jones wanted to wait.
"We actually, in Adam's case, had a brief conversation with Casey Close of CAA at the last winter meetings and talked about, you know, we'd be interested in talking about it in the following parameters," MacPhail told Theoharis. "But I think they felt like Adam was still on the ascent and wanted him to play and further establish himself, and they may very well be right."
Jones, 25, has matured as a player, at least according to one scout. He is hitting .289 this season with eight doubles, five home runs and 24 runs batted in. He has five stolen bases and leads the team with 23 runs. And he continues to be a plus center fielder.
The Orioles were wise to attempt to re-up Jones this early, and his representatives were wise to wait and see if his value would rise. Some Orioles fans feel that he is cocky and lackadaisical. But Jones has the skills to become a five-tool player, and he will still be a pretty good craftsman even if he only has four in his toolbox.
Your turn: Should the Orioles lock up Jones long-term?