2011 MLB Trade Rumors: Should O’s Deal Adam Jones?

It’s not a very good time to be a Baltimore Orioles’ fan.  The club is coming off their 14th straight losing season and has now finished in the basement of the American League East four consecutive years.  With all of the losing, and a lack of any light at the end of the tunnel, many have suggested it’s time for the O’s to start trading some of their more established talent.  One such name that’s come up in several rumors this offseason is Adam JonesCSNBaltimore.com’s Rich Dubroff examined whether or not trading Jones would be a wise move for the Orioles.

Finding bright spots on a team that lost 93 games can be difficult.  On a team such as the Orioles, Jones certainly gave fans a reason to tune in night in and night out.  The 26-year-old had another solid season, hitting at a clip of .280/.319/.466 with 26 doubles, 25 home runs and 83 RBI’s.

Joining Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis and Jeremy Guthrie as one of the faces of the Orioles’ franchise, Jones is adored by the teams’ fans.  Though he grew up on the west coast, Jones has said time and time again that he loves playing in Baltimore.

Most clubs look to build up the middle, focusing on the positions of catcher, shortstop and center fielder.  In all three areas, the Orioles have solid young talent.  Wieters and recent addition J.J. Hardy were strong performers in 2011 as was Jones.

At this point, the Orioles haven’t made a move to lock him up long-term, but you can tell the club thinks highly of AJ’s services.  Manager Buck Showalter praised the center fielder’s efforts in 2011, and the club awarded Jones with his first MVO (Most Valuable Oriole) this offseason.

Showalter has gone on record as saying the club isn’t shopping Jones around.  A scout Dubroff spoke with said this is a wise stance and that if the team is “willing to move him, they’re stupid”.  The scout says guys like Jones “don’t grow on trees”, stating that center fielders of Jones’ caliber “are hard to come by”.

While the Orioles and most fans might agree with his sentiment, I couldn’t disagree more.  As many of you may know by now, I myself am a fan of the O’s.  I love Jones, his personality and what he brings to the table each day for the Birds.  But, at this point, the club has to be willing to listen on everyone.

I don’t believe the Orioles should be actively shopping Jones this offseason.  Listening and actively shopping are certainly two different things.

Even competing in the AL Beast, the O’s offense isn’t too bad.  The many questions surrounding the team involve Baltimore’s young arms.  Guys like Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton and even Chris Tillman should be given another year to show what they can do, if for no other reason than because so much is riding on them.

All, outside of Britton, performed well below what was expected of them in 2011.  If it’s more of the same in 2012, you have to start getting creative regarding getting new, young talent into the system.

Hopefully the O’s can add the right pieces, the veterans continue their solid showings, the young arms show improvement and the team as a whole takes a step forward in 2012.  If not, the Orioles will seriously have to consider trading some of their top talent, and that includes Adam Jones.

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Topics: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Jeremy Guthrie, JJ Hardy, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Zach Britton

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  • mickey_baseball

    Come July if the O’s are struggling I think this might be a venture worth exploring. There are teams that will probably love Jones for the stretch run that would be willing to flip a pitching prospect or two.

    At this point I think the O’s need to stand pat with their young core and hope Buck can maximize the talent they have. In the hear and now, they could really use a boost in the rotation, perhaps via free-agency.

  • blaineblontz

    @mickey_baseball I agree, give it the year and see where you’re at. No rush since he’s under team control for a few more seasons. I’d love to see AJ be a part of the O’s next winning team, hopefully Buck and the boys can make it happen.

  • mickey_baseball

    Come July if the O’s are struggling I think this might be a venture worth exploring. There are teams that will probably love Jones for the stretch run that would be willing to flip a pitching prospect or two.

    At this point I think the O’s need to stand pat with their young core and hope Buck can maximize the talent they have. In the hear and now, they could really use a boost in the rotation, perhaps via free-agency.

  • blaineblontz

    @mickey_baseball I agree, give it the year and see where you’re at. No rush since he’s under team control for a few more seasons. I’d love to see AJ be a part of the O’s next winning team, hopefully Buck and the boys can make it happen.

  • OFan15

    I think Jake did every bit as well as Britton. Remember when he was tied with AL wins back in June with Halliday? Imagine how many wins he would have ended up with had he gone the whole season? Methinks without his injury, which he struggled with all season, he probably would have won even more during the time he was out there. Just look how long it took Britton to catch him!

    Yeah, Jake had two real bad games, but very few pitchers shine every single time. (Just look at C.J. Wilson.)

    Even with the injury, he battled and did what a pitcher is supposed to do above l else, keep his team in the game. His ERA, walks, innings pitched could have been better, and then again, I think if he had been healthy all year he would have really built on his freshman season in the bigs!

  • OFan15

    I think Jake did every bit as well as Britton. Remember when he was tied with AL wins back in June with Halliday? Imagine how many wins he would have ended up with had he gone the whole season? Methinks without his injury, which he struggled with all season, he probably would have won even more during the time he was out there. Just look how long it took Britton to catch him!

    Yeah, Jake had two real bad games, but very few pitchers shine every single time. (Just look at C.J. Wilson.)

    Even with the injury, he battled and did what a pitcher is supposed to do above l else, keep his team in the game. His ERA, walks, innings pitched could have been better, and then again, I think if he had been healthy all year he would have really built on his freshman season in the bigs!

  • MichaelHaulsee

    I WOULD HE IS A YOUNG GOOD PLAYER AND HE DESERVES TO PLAY FOR A TEAM WITH A CHANCE TO WIN

  • blaineblontz

    @OFan15 Jake definitely had his moments, and you raise a very good point as far as his injury issues. Hopefully he can enter 2012 healthy and be one of the O’s starters to take a big leap forward next season.

  • MichaelHaulsee

    I WOULD HE IS A YOUNG GOOD PLAYER AND HE DESERVES TO PLAY FOR A TEAM WITH A CHANCE TO WIN

  • blaineblontz

    @OFan15 Jake definitely had his moments, and you raise a very good point as far as his injury issues. Hopefully he can enter 2012 healthy and be one of the O’s starters to take a big leap forward next season.