KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 16: Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles bats during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 16, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
First-place O's Set to Reward Jones with Record Contract
Per several tweets from Rosenthal, Jones completed a physical yesterday and now the two sides are hammering out the final details of the contract. According to his sources, the deal is "well north" of Miguel Tejeda's six-year, $72 million free agent deal and Nick Markakis' six-year, $66 million extension.
He's earning $6.15 million this season as a second time arbitration eligible player, and any extension would buy out the rest of his arbitration eligibility -- as well as making him the highest paid player in Orioles history.
Jones, 26, is hitting .311/.357/.601 on the season, something of a breakout from his career .278/.322/.449.