There have been conflicting reports all morning about where the Adam Jones deal is going to come down. Some people have pegged at as north of $100 million. Ken Rosenthal says, however, that he’s hearing it will be six years and “in the $85 million range.”
If so, this seems like a pretty good deal for the Orioles, coming out just north of $14 million a year. At that rate, Jones need not slug .600 like he is this year. Indeed, this could be a career year for him, followed by some years of good-to-moderate power, good defense and .280+ hitting, and it would still be a nice signing for the Orioles. And for Jones, too.
Still, this is the Orioles’ largest deal in history, eclipsing Miguel Tejada’s six-year, $72 million free agent deal back in 2004 and sending a signal to O’s fans that they’re serious about putting a quality product on the field.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.