Zach wrote:I still don't understand this obsession with trading away Jones. He has shown his value this season and we don't really have a sure thing behind him to replace him in the future. While pitching should be our focus this should not occur to the total decimation of our offensive future. He has shown that he could be a future leader of this team. He is still young and will be around when those guys come up to the majors and should be a piece of a team with them.
On the plus side Jones is a good, young CF with power. On the bad side his many flaws keep him from being an elite player. The problem is that "free" agency seems to WAY overvalue a player like Jones and he will expect that kind of money. Even when we start winning again and draw 3M the payroll will cap out at about 120M, which is about 40M more than we're spending now. To me, the most important question in the future success of this club is: How do we spend that money?
I don't think many fans will argue that Brian Roberts
and Nick Markakis
are a drag on the team right now. Combined, they account for about 22M in salary. Markakis is a good bet to improve, but does anyone really think that we'll see the old Roberts again? Those two examples are why it's SO important for a team like the Orioles to spend their money wisely.
To me, Adam Jones is Nick Markakis with a LOT more flaws. With his inability to correct MAJOR flaws in his play he could regress substantially if he no longer has to worry about what next year's contract will be. What happens if he gets the big contract other players like him receive in "free" agency and decides to become a 40 HR guy at the expense of his average? Now you're on the hook for about 80M for the next Mark Reynolds. YIKES!
IMO the money is better spent on players like Wieters, who is ABSOLUTELY irreplaceable; or perhaps Arrietta, who may become a dominant starter. As long as we have the money we might be able to pickup a big contract in a trade for a key player.
Offering Jones and someone like Jim Johnson to the Nationals this year would allow us to strip mine their farm system. Harper is probably untouchable, but Rendon might be available along with three or four other top tier prospects for those two.
We have a solid Class of 2014 (Machado, Schoop, DYLAN Bundy, Michael Wright, Clayton Schrader) and 2015 (Bridwell, Delmonico, Esposito); but we have little in the way of a Class of 2013. Trading Jones, and a few others, this year can give us that Class of 2013 as well as expand the Classes of 2014 and 2015. I want to build a consistent winner and the farm system is the proven way to do it.