Every game the Orioles win, Adam Jones makes a little more money

April 29, 2012 | Drew Forrester

If that were to happen, I assume you’d agree with me that the only way it’s possible is if Adam Jones has a career year.  If Jones produced 35 HR’s, 115 RBI and hit .306 in 2012, the Orioles might very well be competitive, given the other contributions by Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis and the team’s young, evolving pitching staff.

And if Adam Jones produced one of those career-year type seasons, how much MORE money would he command from Peter Angelos and the Orioles?

He could easily go from a $15 million-a-year player to a $20-million-per guy, and add on 3-4 more years to the deal, just by leading the Orioles from the depths of despair.

Do you give him $90 million now?

Or gamble?

Do you lock yourself in at $90 million or do you wait it out and then, perhaps, get kicked in the jewels with a $150 million contract if Jones helps the Orioles win?

It’s a $60 million trip to the poker table.

And that still doesn’t mean Jones would take it.

All of this winning is indeed fun to watch, but don’t for one second think it’s not going to come with a price.  Yes, you’d expect that the club’s revenue would go up in years to come if winning returns to OPACY.  More tickets sold=more money made, but there’s no chance the added ticket revenue would ever equal what you’d have to give to Jones, Wieters and others over the next 3-5 years.

Winning – as Peter Angelos might sadly find out – comes with a price.

In fact, losing has come with a price in Baltimore, too.  It has cost the team millions and millions of dollars in lost ticket sales and sponsorship dollars.

But this winning, where the star players who want to be paid are coming through for you in droves, is going to cost the Orioles gobs of money.

What happens then?

What happens when Peter Angelos realizes his payroll is going to have to go from $85 million to $120 million by 2015 in order to keep Jones, Wieters and one of his young stud pitchers like Arrieta or Britton?

What happens – gasp! – when the Orioles actually have to pay to keep their own talent rather than feign high-dollar offers for guys like Teixeira and Fielder just to placate the dwindling masses who still follow the team on a regular basis?

Will Angelos fork over $15 million a year to Adam Jones?  Or $20 mil?

What happens when Wieters is a free agent?  Will the Orioles sign him to one of those $200 million, 10-year deals that every other rock star seems to get these days?

The Orioles have been terrible for the better part of 14 years now.   That losing has definitely robbed them of some of their money.

But if this team winds up being competitive and Adam Jones is one of the reasons, the price of doing business is going to go up for Peter Angelos and his baseball team.

I wonder what he’ll do?

13 Comments For This Post

  1. eric Says:

    Uh have you seen the May schedule? If we win tomorrow to go 15-8 I’ll still be shocked if we’re above .500 June 1st. And no winning does not increase Jones’ value, Jones’ numbers increase his value. He’ll make more money if he hits 35 HR’s and the O’s win 70 games then he will if he hits 20 HR’s and the O’s win 85. (DF: They’re not winning 85 games if Jones hits 20 HR’s. That’s the whole point. The only way they’re any good is if he has a GREAT season.)

  2. Steve From Linthicum Says:

    What will Peter do?? I think we all know the answer, and that is what makes this so frustrating. Suppose this is one of those “Why not”, magical years that just comes out of nowhere and rekindles a love affair that has been buried under the ashes of the past 14 seasons and an arrogant ownership that seems to do the exact opposite of what the fan base wants??? ( I swear, I think he does do the opposite just to show the fans that they aren’t in charge!) Anyway, should this be one of those years, as much as I’d like to go “all in” in a way I haven’t been able to in years, I’d still be reluctant, because I still think Jones will be gone by the end of next year, Weiters will follow, etc, etc, etc. One of the things that makes the Ravens so beloved is that when you embrace a star player, you know he’ll be here for the long term. But, if free agency is going to constantly get in the way of stability, and ultimately, winning, it will be hard for this life long fan to truly believe again. Honestly, it’s up to the owner to make me a believer, and his track record doesn’t bode well for that, does it?

  3. eric Says:

    Oh and your 2nd question what does Angelos do? Is this rhetorical? Don’t we slready know the answer? There are rumors though that Jones is willing to take a 4 yr 60 mil deal so he can be free again at age 30.

  4. sal Says:

    drew looks like john kruk, go os

  5. dave hittinger Says:

    This from the guy who wanted to run Adam Jones out of town. You’ve offically become “that guy”. (DF: I know you’re not talking about me…I’ve never wanted Adam Jones out of town. A few years ago I wanted him to be more professional, which, fortunately, he has…but I’ve said since last December they should re-sign him. I know you’re always looking to stir the pot, and that this is just another attempt to do that, but you’re going to need to start following along a little more closely or just go away. “Have a good day” – as Tiger said.)

  6. trevor Says:

    Maybe Angelos will drop dead by then

  7. unitastoberry Says:

    Talk to me July 4th.

  8. Mike from Carney Says:

    If you’re sipping the kool aid, it might taste a little “bitter” for you. Nice crowd out there yesterday. Great game for all the idiots as you call it. (DF: If you think I don’t enjoy seeing the Orioles win, you, then, ARE an idiot. I’d like nothing more than to have winning baseball to talk about this summer and fall. I know you write stuff just to be a contrarian, but you’re clearly trolling just-to-troll when you write garbage like you just wrote. Sorry to be so harsh with you, but your act is getting old.)

  9. Matt S. Says:

    Andrew McCutchen’s contract would be a good benchmark for Jones.

    McCutchen is arguably a better, younger CFer, and was awarded 6 years, 51.5 per year from the perennially pitiful Pirates

    The real difference will be the fact that because McCutchen was younger, cheaper years were bought out of the contract, bringing the value down to the reasonable 51.5 over 6.

    Since Jones is in his post-arb years, you have to increase the price a little bit. I’m saying six years, 66 million would be a fair contract for both sides.

  10. Jason Manelli Says:

    Winning baseball is fun for the fans but costly for ownership. Showalter is plausible recast as Major League’s crusty Lou Brown. I really believe that a lot has changed inside the Orioles over the last few years, and I also believe WNST has contributed to that move in the right direction by being a voice in the wilderness. If we ciould only get their PR department to stop clinging to it’s Stalinistic policies about controlling the flow of information to only those ‘official’ channels I think we’d actually be in really good shape as a city and its ball club.

  11. Mike from Carney Says:

    No need to apologize. I just happen to have thicker skin. 31,000 plus at an A’s game? I really think the positive attitude is coming from the realists. I had a nice lunch across the street and BOTH bars were packed. I agree that the schedule is going to be rather brutal, but let’s keep this rolling! (DF: I’ll help you with the facts, since that’s what I do. And you obviously don’t know what happened on Sunday. It was “Little League Day”. The club sold 12,000 tickets to area Little Leaguers and their families. That’s how you get 31,000 on a Sunday in April. Anytime you need someone to give you the info, I’m here for you.)

  12. Steve Says:

    Remember the movie “its a wonderful life”? Everytime a bell rings an angel gets his wings. And this one i created,,Everytime the O’s lose GOD kills a kitten ,,So O’s players please think of the Kittens :(

  13. Mike from Carney Says:

    I know, I happened to be there on Sunday. But, it’s a promotion like any others, and if that brings them to the ballpark, so be it.

    I don’t think that those families were forced to be at the game. Good times, great game !

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