Former Baltimore Orioles’ star Adam Jones‘ days stateside might be numbered. One of the morsels of news to come out of the Winter Meetings yesterday was that Jones is mulling an offer of a multi-year deal to play for the Orix Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball League. That’s Japan, for those keeping track at home.
I have to say, I’m shocked that it appears there’s no market for Jones in MLB. He’s an established big league player who’s had better than just a solid career. This is the type of move that a player would seemingly make if he’s fairly sure he isn’t going to get an offer back here in the states. It just seems so strange to think that Jones is going to be unable to find even one team who would want his services.
In 2019 he played for Arizona with a $3 million contract. He appeared in 137 games, hitting .260. That’s below what he hit in Baltimore of course, but that’s also Father Time’s doing. Not to mention that you have to figure in that Camden Yards is a hitter’s park. However it still surprises me that not even one big league team would be interested in his services. But this is the world in which we live now.
The Orioles did make a move yesterday, claiming RHP Marcos Diplan off of waivers from Detroit. Not really a high level move, although Diplan does have a minor league option.