Dan Duquette spoke with the local media just before Friday's game and said a contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones has not been finalized, but he is “hopeful we can get something done.”
“There’s not a lot I can say about it except that I am encouraged by the fact that Adam wants to stay in Baltimore,” Duquette said. “We certainly would like him to stay in Baltimore. Hopefully, we can work something out here in the short term.”
The Orioles and Jones, who could become a free agent after the 2013 season, are discussing a six-year extension that likely will be worth roughly $85 million.
Duquette has said repeatedly that he does not like to discuss contracts during the season, but the season that Jones is having – he is batting .311 with a team-leading 14 homers and 29 RBIs entering play – changed that philosophy this time.
“My choice is not to talk about contracts during the season. But this is a unique case,” Duquette said. “It’s Adam Jones, really. It’s about Adam Jones.”
Duquette said he does not have a specific timetable – such as before the club leaves for its upcoming road trip – for the agreement.
“I’m hopeful we can get something done. I think it would be good for the team and the fans and I’ve said it before and everybody knows, Adam Jones is a good player,” he said. “We like Adam Jones. We like what he does for our ballclub. Plays good defense and hits in the middle of our lineup. He is a dependable player. He plays the game.”