From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles have completed a contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones and are planning to announce the deal at a press conference Sunday.
Initial reports had the extension reaching over $100 million, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that it’s closer to $85 million. Over six years.
Jones, 26, entered play Sunday with a .310/.353/.594 batting line, 14 home runs, seven stolen bases and 31 RBI. He was to be eligible for salary arbitration for the final time in 2013.
This contract buys out his first five years of free agency and will keep him in Baltimore through age 33.
If Jones is truly ready to sustain an elite level of offensive production, it should be a good deal for both sides.
UPDATE, 7:32 PM: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the contract is for six years at $88.5 million. It’s the largest deal in O’s history and makes him the second-highest paid center fielder in MLB.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.