UPDATE: The deal is official. Jones will make $3 million in 2019. He can earn $2 million in performance bonuses for plate appearances: $250,000 for 250 and each additional 50 through 600. He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if he is traded.
SUNDAY: FS1’s Dontrelle Willis broke some news earlier, reporting that free agent outfielder Adam Jones and the Diamondbacks were close to agreement on a contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms the report. The deal will be for one year and $3 million, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Jones, 33, hit .281/.313/.419 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI in 613 plate appearances with the Orioles last season. The veteran is entering his 14th season in the majors.
Though defensive metrics haven’t been kind to him in recent years, Jones will assume a regular role in center field, ousting Ketel Marte. Per Rosenthal, Marte is expected to assume a superutility role.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.