The Adam Jones signing: Let’s hope the Orioles don’t screw it up now that it’s done

May 29, 2012 | Drew Forrester

I’m in the camp that believes Jones got overpaid for what he’s done so far, but EVERY free agent worth his salt – and Jones is definitely worth his – always gets more money than he is supposed to get.  Jones had one really good season – 2011 – and a couple of years where he looked like he was going to be good.  And, of course, he got off to a torrid start this year, which, as Duquette also noted, forced the Orioles into doing something they probably thought they could put off until the off-season.

But I’m of the mindset that Jones parlayed his really good 2011 and terrific 2012 start into a mega-deal in part because he knew the dirty little secret — he knew, after 14 years of losing, that the first guy up to the bank window at Camden Yards might indeed cash in on the fact that club hasn’t posted a winning season since Clinton was President.  He knew – and he was right – that the first guy in, the first player to say “I’ll stay and stick this out here” would be the one to get an extra $15 million or so.  I don’t care what the fancy math tells you or what “Wins Above Replacement” says — I think Jones is a $12 million a year player or thereabouts who might have an $18 million season this year.  But I also believe he deserves “faith money” for deciding to forego his free agency and stay in orange.  And he got it.

I love all the cool stuff Jones said about wanting to stay in Baltimore and make this “his” championship instead of going to New York and just being another superstar on loan with a nice house in Westchester who helps the Bronx giants keep on keeping on.  If the Orioles ever do win a World Series with Adam Jones here, he’ll be right.  The title will be all the more special because he decided to stick it out here and try and do it by being a leader, not a follower.  There’s something to be said for that, especially in this day and age when the 26-year old could have easily just said, “I think I’ll wait this out and see what kind of cake I can rake in as a free agent.”

Now, it’s up to the Orioles to make sure the next six years of Adam Jones’ career are worth the decision he made to stay here.  That’s not a concept I’m entirely comfortable with, although the prospect of a team that includes Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado certainly helps ease any fears that the Orioles are poised to regress after this blistering 29-20 start to 2012.  Because the Orioles have lost for so long, it’s very easy to just assume they’re going to continue doing so.  That’s the way I felt in 2008, 2009 and 2010 — and lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened.  They just kept on losing.  I’m hoping those times are about to change, if not this year, then next season for sure.

No matter what happens throughout the remainder of 2012, the Adam Jones signing was the right thing, at the right time, with the right player.

He deserved it.

And so did the fans.

For once, the Orioles did something that made us think they actually want to win.

Now, we just have to hope they continue with that philosophy over the next couple of years.




5 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    If you are not going to help Jones, Wieters, Markakis with aquiring better players in the future thru free agents, then this was a useless signing. Our farm system is not that great to fill our needs. Losing 6 out of 8 are they coming back to were we thought they would be, just thinking out loud.

  2. Reality from Eutaw Street Says:

    It all makes sense now, upon further investigation. In a few days, Peter Angelos… through his cash cow MASN… is going to be forced in to a substantial increase in payments to the Nationals for their TV rights. At the same time, it will trigger an automatic increase in revenue to his red-headed stepchild… the Orioles.

    What better way to make yourself look like the hero, and float a positive P.R. piece by the fanbase… a week ahead of time, “COMMIT BIG MONEY” to your most notable young star.

    Fact is, the Orioles are going to be forced in to spending more money on payroll… so why not do damage control now, before people start asking why those 10s of millions of extra money (that MASN was already making) wasn’t already being spent on players…

  3. BmoreBobRob Says:

    The organization has made some decent moves lately with the Jones signing, the Bundy draft, the Machado draft and they still have a top 5 pick this year. Wieters will be harder to sign since Boros represents him. I am feeling optimistic about the organization for the first time in about 15 years. Of course, we’ve been down this road before-just like Ridgemont High, the Moon, the book about coaches and leadership, the status of Baltimore sports media and You Pon. All came and left like a fart in a high wind. (DF: Let it be known that I passed on the obvious lay-up you handed me — something like, “I wish you’d come and go like a far in a high wind.” Alas, I passed on that chance.)

  4. The "Armchair QB" Says:

    There’s a refrain from an old song that goes, “Will you love me in December as you did in May…..” Time will tell about the Jones signing and the direction of this team and it’s management’s attitude. That this team is winning this year with what, arguably, is a patch-work lineup with no legitimate 3rd baseman, 1st baseman or LF has left everyone in awe. However, chinks in the armor have started to show in recent games, so one has to hope that “awe” doesn’t become…..”aw”, as the long season progresses…….

  5. unitastoberry Says:

    We need some starting pitchers who can go 7 with a 3 ERA.

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