SAN DIEGO—Will Adam Jones end his Major League Baseball career by playing in Japan?
Jones, who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 after 11 seasons with the Orioles, is close to a multi-year agreement with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes, according to a report in The Athletic.
After the 2018 season with the Orioles, Jones hoped to secure a multi-year contract but settled for a one-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks that he didn’t sign until March 11.
In July 2018, the Orioles tried to trade Jones to the Philadelphia Phillies, but he invoked the no-trade clause he earned by playing for 10 years in the majors and five years with the Orioles.
Although he hoped to re-sign, Jones knew that the Orioles were moving in a different direction.
Jones was one of the best players in Orioles history and is among the team’s all-time leaders in several categories. He ranks fourth in hits (1,781), fifth in home runs (263) and runs (875).
Jones hit .260 in 137 games with 16 home runs and 67 RBIs with the Diamondbacks. The longtime Oriole centerfielder had just one start there in 2019. The rest came in right field.
Orioles add pitcher Marcos Diplan: The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Marcos Diplan on waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
Detroit had claimed the 23-year-old from Minnesota on September 16. The Twins acquired him from Milwaukee in a minor league deal in July.
In 38 games with the Brewers’ Double-A Pensacola and Minnesota’s Double-A Biloxi, Diplan was 3-5 with three saves and a 4.85 ERA In 57 2/3 innings. Diplan struck out 73 and walked 44.
Diplan has averaged more than a strikeout per inning and nearly five walks per nine innings in his minor league career.
The Orioles have 38 players on their 40-man roster.
Winter Meetings Charity Auction: The Orioles are offering experiences and memorabilia in the Winter Meetings Charity Auction. The auction benefits ALS charities.
They’re offering lunch for two with starting pitcher John Means and an opportunity to watch an inning of a game from general manager Mike Elias’ suite and attend manager Brandon Hyde’s pregame press conference.
To participate, visit MLB.com/WinterMeetingsAuction.
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