Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and Phillies were apparently discussing a trade involving outfielder Adam Jones. However, Jones, who has no-trade protection, seems to want to stay with the Orioles for the duration of his contract which expires after the season.
Jones, 32, is batting .281/.307/.431 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 424 plate appearances this season. All three of the Phillies’ outfielders — Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, and Odubel Herrera — are currently out-producing Jones. However, the Phillies likely valued Jones more for the experience and leadership qualities he would bring to a young, upstart roster.
The 32-74 Orioles have already traded Manny Machado, Zach Britton, and Brad Brach. Jones was thought to be the next to go, but he sounds content to ride things out in Baltimore. The non-waiver trade deadline is 4 PM ET on Tuesday.