CSPitt17130 wrote:Dave Cameron, a Mariners fan who vehemently argued against trading Jones for Bedard (even straight-up), provides some thoughts on the deal and the likelihood that Jones improves his walk rate, the one thing every naysayer seems to point out.
Great article. Thanks for that.
The more I think about it, the more ecstatic I become over this extension. I personally am vehemently against the Nationals' extension of Ryan Zimmerman (a phenomenal player, but one who has already had 2 seasons shortened significantly by injuries) through his age 36 season. I'm against the Matt Kemp extension through his age 35 season and am generally against large contracts that keep players past age 33-34 when injuries and defensive decline will decrease their value. But extending Jones only through his age 32 season seems like a fantastic choice to me. By then he will almost surely be a RF and the O's are committed to him for just the right amount of time. Jones seems to have improved his defense and is noted as a hard worker. I love having him as one of the cornerstones of the franchise that young players (Avery, Machado, Schoop etc.) will learn from and look up to. Not to mention the service he provides to the community. Overall a great savvy move, I like DD more and more each day.