Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that free agent outfielder Adam Jones is in talks with the Orix Buffaloes of NPB. No deal is done yet, but Rosenthal says that a multi-year deal could be inked this week, sending Jones to Japan.
Jones, 34, played for the Diamondbacks last season, hitting a disappointing .260/.313/.414 (87 OPS+) with 16 homers and 67 RBI, declining pretty significantly in the second half of the season compared to the first. In light of that it seems doubtful that he’d be able to land a major league deal this winter, so going to Japan may be a good move for him if he wishes to continue to play on a regular basis.
Jones is a 14-year big league veteran who has posted a career line of .277/.317/.454 with 282 homers for the Mariners, Orioles and Dbacks.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.