Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones had a chance to be traded to a contender. But according to a report, he’d rather stay in Baltimore through 2018.
Jon Heyman of Fancred reported that while the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies had a potential deal in the works, Jones is less than enthused about leaving.
There was a possible trade to be made with Phillies but Adam Jones apparently has given the impression he prefers to stay in Baltimore to finish out contract. Uncertain if there was an official decline. But upshot is, looks like he’s staying.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 29, 2018
While it might seem unusual to have a veteran player and pending free agent turn down the chance to play for a contender, this is well within Jones’ rights. As a 10-and-5 player, Jones has to approve of any trade that he’s involved in.
Jones broke in with the Seattle Mariners, but has played with the Orioles since 2008. His contract will expire after the 2018 season. On the year, he’s hitting .285/.312/.434 with 11 home runs.