Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com was told by a major-league source that the Orioles are willing to listen to offers for center fielder Adam Jones.
Jones, 26, earned $3.25 million this season while batting .280/.319/.466 with 25 home runs, 83 RBI, 12 stolen bases and a .785 OPS. His salary could approach $6 million in his second year of arbitration.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told Melewski over the weekend that “I think that we should build around players like Adam Jones,” but he may have to soon ask himself whether they are better off dealing him before he gets expensive. Jones’ plate discipline has actually regressed over the last two seasons and advanced metrics say that he rates below-average defensively in center field.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com just mentioned that the O’s are telling teams that Jones is off-limits, but for a team that’s not anywhere close to contention, they should absolutely see what’s out there.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”