Free agent outfielder Adam Jones has agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million with the Diamondbacks, according to Fox Sports 1 analyst Dontrelle Willis, ESPN insider Jeff Passan and USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale.
Once finalized, Adam Jones’ deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks will be for one year and $3M guaranteed, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 10, 2019
Adam Jones is guaranteed $3 million with $2 million in incentives with #Dbacks.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 10, 2019
Jones is heading out west after spending the last 11 seasons playing with the Orioles. The 33-year-old right-handed hitter slashed .279/.319/.459 with 263 home runs and 866 RBI in 1,613 career games with the O’s. Jones’ best stretch was from 2012-15, when he earned four of his five All-Star selections and three of his four Gold Glove awards while being voted in the top 15 in the MVP race three times after hitting 121 homers with 368 RBI.
Last year, Jones played in 145 games for the eighth time in his 13-year career, which included two seasons with the Mariners, but he only hit 15 homers and had 63 RBI while slashing .281/.313/.419.
By landing Jones, the Diamondbacks have depth in center field behind Jarrod Dyson, who may miss Opening Day with an oblique injury, and Ketel Marte, who is converting to the position this year after being an infielder. In addition, Arizona saw A.J. Pollock sign with the NL West rival Dodgers this offseason. Jones will fill Marte’s spot in center when Marte is playing in the infield. In addition, he could fill in for left fielder David Peralta when needed.