SARASOTA, Fla. – Day two of the Dexter Fowler saga began with Adam Jones denying he had any hard feelings toward the player who he thought was going to be his teammate.
“I know him personally so it’s good. We are moving on,” Jones said.
Fowler spurned a three-year, $33 million offer by the Orioles to sign a one-year $8 million contract with a $5 buyout or $9 million option for 2017 with the Chicago Cubs.
On Wednesday, Jones talked about how eager he was to have Fowler as his teammate.
“He’s excited. He should be on his way now,” Jones said then.
Instead, Jones said that he learned of the surprising turnabout from teammates on Thursday.
“We’ve moved on, he’s moved on. We got a big day ahead of us today. It’s a game of adjustments, you move on,” Jones said.
“I love the guys that we have here in-house, I think we have a terrific team. So, cool. I think that by him not agreeing to it, it opened up money at the All-Star break or at the deadline. And it gives other guys in here a chance. So it’s not that you’re outsourcing. It gives guys that are already in this clubhouse an opportunity.”
The Orioles can turn elsewhere for help. The best free agents still available include Pedro Alvarez, Austin Jackson and David Murphy. They could also trade for Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce.
“I don’t know, I’ve never been in that predicament as a free agent. At the end of the day, he’s happy where he’s at and that’s the most important thing. It’s his career. It’s not mine, my career is here. At the end of the day, I just want to face them,” Jones laughed. “No.”
Jones said he was surprised by Fowler’s decision.
“Very much. I came in here and found out and was like ok. There’s not much I can do about it. I can cry about it but it’s not going to do much for us. At the end of the day, he’s happy where he’s at, his family is happy in Chicago. So good for him,” Jones said.
“No, I don’t care. It’s not my fault. It’s not up to me. He’s happy where he’s at. That’s all that matters. He’s happy, and as a friend of his, if he’s happy, I’m happy.”
Jones said he had a good conversation with Fowler.
“We’re grown men, man. Grown men shouldn't say sorry,” Jones said.