While reports have surfaced that the Indians are expressing interest in Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, the first real buzz attached to the five-time All-Star and pending free agent, he still hasn’t been approached by the club regarding his 10-5 status.
Jones has earned the right to refuse a trade based on his 10 years in the majors and five with the Orioles. Could they be waiting until they have an actual offer in hand before taking it to Jones, rather than just seeking blanket approval without him knowing where he might be headed?
“Good question,” he said yesterday while sitting at his locker. “I don’t know. I don’t know how any of that works, so I’m new to it. I really don’t know how any of it works.
“I wish I could call Jimmy Rollins or Chase Utley and ask them how it works because they were in very similar situations.”
Rollins refused a trade from the Phillies to the Mets in November 2014, but agreed to go to the Dodgers a month later. Utley joined him in August 2015.
“I’m not comparing myself to them, but similar situations, having an opportunity to go somewhere,” Jones said. “I know that they declined it a couple times and then finally both waived it to (go to) cities that felt better. But, yeah, it’s uncharted territory, so I personally don’t know how to take it all. But I have not been spoken to by the organization about anything.”
There’s a common perception circulating that Jones automatically will give his consent in order to leave a last-place team, on pace for the worst record in club history, and join a playoff contender. A business no-brainer. But don’t be too quick to make the assumption.
Jones doesn’t cast the only vote. He has a wife and two sons.
“Well, I have a family,” he said. “Signing a contract in 2012 was my decision solely. Since 2014, I haven’t made a decision by myself, so life changes. Now, it’s not just my decision, it’s my family’s decision.
“It’s like everything else when you get a family.”
Jones went 1-for-4 last night with a double and run scored while batting cleanup and is hitting .275/.300/.423, with his last home run on June 2. He’s managed to avoid the same large crowds at his locker that greet Manny Machado in various cities. But nothing distracts Jones, who continues to go about his business in the usual manner.
“Not one bit. Nope,” he said.
“Why would I? Thirty-two, two healthy kids, play baseball for a living. I understand that the result is not what everybody wants this year, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play baseball. I’m not going to ... complain about it.”
Talks between the Orioles and Indians haven’t reached Jones’ ear. Not that he’s got it pressed against the rumor mill.
“I’ve heard as much as you probably have. You’ve probably heard more than me,” he said.
“I’m not in the loop. I’m happy I’ve still got my parking spot. That’s a good sign.”
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