ESPN Insider points out that it may be the perfect time for the Baltimore Orioles to deal centerfielder Adam Jones, who has begun the season extremely well.
Jones has also stolen three bases in four attempts. However if he fails to make contact with the ball, he doesn’t get on base much any other way, posting an OBP of .344, thanks in due part to walking just once.
Adam is arbitration-eligible at the end of this season, but is making $6.15 million, meaning that he is due for a nice raise, and perhaps a hefty payday with the way his season has begun.
The Orioles have begun the season 8-7, but are unlikely to go anywhere this year, and could gain a few pieces to continue their rebuilding project.
Last year the Atlanta Braves acquired a similar player in Michael Bourn, who according to FanGraphs.com was worth $5.9 million more than Jones. The package given up by the Braves to acquire Bourn was Jordan Schafer, Brett Oberholtzer, Paul Clemens and Juan Abreu.
Schafer was in the Majors, and now mans centerfield for the Astros replacing Bourn.
Oberholtzer ranked ninth in the Braves organization after the 2010 season, and now ranks seventh for the Astros.
Clemens was 26th for the Braves before being ranked fifth for the Astros.
Abreu was 27th in Atlanta, and is now 19th in Houston.
Correlate that in Dodger terms and a trade might look like this: Adam Jones for Nathan Eovaldi, Scott Schebler and Justin Boudreaux. The Orioles add an arm to their pitching staff while upgrading their minor league system.
For the Dodgers an all-important player who can do it all.
Bourn was pricey because he had an additional year remaining on his contract. Jones is a free agent at the close of the season, and likely will be made to sign an extension upon arrival to whomever his new team turns out to be.
I’d project a 6-year/$56 million contract.
Jones’s next at-bat at Dodger Stadium will be his first in the venue. But taking a similar example from Petco Park, a fellow pitcher’s park, Jones bats .364 with a home run and three RBI.
Jones would be a fantastic fit behind Andre Ethier in the Dodgers lineup.
All speculation of course, but the Dodgers are likely to be interested if the Orioles oblige to trade their centerfielder. Aside from them the Nationals, Rangers, Giants, and Marlins could show interest.