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.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.