NEW YORK—Adam Jones is staying with the Baltimore Orioles while many of his teammates have departed.
Manny Machado has been gone for nearly two weeks. Zach Britton was sitting in the New York Yankees’ bullpen. Brad Brach left Sunday, and if Orioles Executive Vice President Dan Duquette had his way, Jones would have been gone over the weekend, too.
But Jones didn’t want to accept a proposed trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, and just before the Orioles’ 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day followed the others out the door.
Jones is staying, and he had a strange night.
“You know, me personally, I haven’t played a game without those guys in a few years, so (it’s) definitely different,” Jones said.
“But I see what they’re talking about when they’re talking about us with a rebuild and fire sale. We got rid of some guys that are making substantial money and are probably going to make substantial money next year. That’s they’re going in a different direction. So I wish the best to both of those guys and Brach. They’re all three going to pretty good situations. So, I wish the best for them.”
Jones knows that the Orioles, who fell to 32-75 and had a modest three-game winning streak stopped, may be playing the final two months of the season with a patchwork lineup and with rookies taking some of his playing time.
“It might not look pretty some days, might look pretty some days,” Jones said. “It’s not going to be all grandeur and all that stuff. We are going to struggle the next two months. But you can go out there and control how you play the game, control your attitude, control your energy, control your effort. Just because you don’t get the necessary results doesn’t mean you are not trying.”
Jones refused to elaborate on the reasons he declined to accept the trade.
“When players walked out years ago and walked the picket lines and all that stuff, they did all that for reasons right now,” Jones said. “I earned this, and it’s my decision, thank you.
“Here’s the thing about society. Everyone thinks they know what’s best for the next person. If someone wants to pay all my bills, trust me, they can tell me what to. Until then, shut the hell up.”
Jones said he’s content with his decision.
“A hundred percent. I made the decision,” Jones said. “It’s my decision. It’s my life. There’s the thing. I’m not going around telling other people and dictating other people’s lives. Why do they do that with us? So, no one’s going to tell me what to do. I earned every single bit of it. People before me fought vigorously to get rights like this, and I can invoke them.”
Although Duquette has said the Orioles are going younger, Jones might want to remain in Baltimore beyond this year. He’s not going there yet, though.
“I can’t think that far,” Jones said. “I’m going to weigh every option I have, just like I did this time. There’s still another month in the waiver wire and that kind of stuff, so you never know. But it’s my decision. I appreciate everybody with their two cents. I didn’t ask for it. But I greatly appreciate everybody with how they think Adam Jones should do his career. Thank you, for wasting your own personal time.”