It’ll take a five year deal to lock up Adam Jones

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Conversation I had last night as clips of Adam Jones played on a muted TV tuned to MLB Network:

Me: I think the Braves should trade for Adam Jones. Stick him in left for a year and then when Michael Bourn leaves, let him have center.

Her: He’s been sort of declining. Doesn’t get on base that well and it’s getting worse.

Me: It’s the Braves. They don’t believe in getting on base and I’m just learning to accept it. I like Adam Jones.

That’s what it’s come to, basically. Much easier to stop worrying and learn to accept things, you know?  A guy who hits 25 homers and only gets on base at a .319 clip is pretty much made for the Atlanta Braves. And I do like Adam Jones, so I’d be cool with it.

But he’s still the Orioles’ guy.  And Ken Rosenthal reports that if they want to keep him long-term, it’s gonna take a five year deal:

For Jones to agree to an extension, the Orioles would need to offer him at least five years, according to major-league sources. And if such a deal is to occur, it probably would behoove the Orioles to get it done before Opening Day.

Dooo it, Frank Wren. Dooo it.

The Phillies signed Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal

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Scott Lauber of the Philly Inquirer reports that the Phillies have agreed to terms with infielder Danny Espinosa. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

This will be Espinosa’s fourth organization this year, as he has spent time under contract with the Yankees, Blue Jays and Dodgers in 2018, being released by all three teams after a few weeks. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2017, hitting a mere .173/.245/.278 in 93 games for the Angels, Mariners and Rays. He hit 20 homers a couple of times way back in the day, though, and I guess that — and the humility to accept minor league assignments — will earn you shots if you’re a good guy and you’re in decent shape.