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Phillies Hot Stove: Jones Opts to Stay With Orioles Amid ‘Possible Trade’

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Despite playing for the Major League Baseball-worst Baltimore Orioles — who currently trail the American League East by 41 1/2 games — it appears five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award-winning outfielder Adam Jones prefers to not get traded to the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.  

The Phillies and Orioles had a "possible trade" in the works, however Jones reportedly is giving the "impression" of wanting to stay in Baltimore to finish out the final season of his six-year, $85.5 million contract, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman. Jones has 10-and-5 rights, and prefers to not uproot his family midseason, The Athletic's Dan Connolly reports. Jones also wants to have a "proper goodbye to the fans and community" of Baltimore.

Heyman adds that it is uncertain if there was an "official decline" from the 13-year veteran. Heyman first reported last Wednesday that the Phillies are "considering" Jones, but NBC Sports Philadelphia's Corey Seidman argued he would be a "strange fit," if acquired:

Jones hasn't played a position other than center field since 2007. That's not to say he couldn't fill in capably in right field or left field, he just hasn't done it. ... The bigger issue is that Jones is the polar opposite type of offensive player the Phillies seek. He swings at everything. He never walks — he's averaged 24 walks per season since 2013. ... In terms of a platoon situation, Jones has actually been significantly worse in his career against lefties (.265 BA, .726 OPS) than he has been vs. righties (.282 BA, .793 OPS).

Entering Sunday, Jones, 32, slugged 28 doubles, 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 99 games this season, while slashing  .281/.307/.431.

The Phillies already added one former All-Star this past week in infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the New York Mets, but appear to have fallen short in acquiring another in Jones. Less than two days remain until the trade deadline.


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