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.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.