BALTIMORE — Buck Showalter said he would like to move Adam Jones out of the leadoff spot. In late May, Showalter moved the slumping Jones to the first position, and he responded with a .282 average and a .320 on-base percentage.
Showalter has used unconventional leadoff hitters in the past. Manny Machado and Nick Markakis have been used with some success, and Showalter saluted Jones, but said at the season-ending news conference that he would seek someone else to bat first.
Moving Jones out of the leadoff spot would enable Showalter to better take advantage of the center fielder’s run producing skills.
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette said the team hasn’t decided whether to proffer qualifying offers on free agents to-be Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters.
Duquette noted, as did Commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday in Toronto that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement may be signed by the end of the postseason that could affect the qualifying offer system.
Showalter had a long, emotional visit with Wieters in his office and said that he told him how appreciative he was of him.
Duquette also said that he would again discuss extensions for Machado and Chris Tillman this offseason. He said he had tried twice each for both. Tillman is scheduled for free agency a year from now, Machado for two years.
An extension for Jonathan Schoop could be discussed for the first time, but Schoop is still under club control for the next three seasons.
Duquette also said he would continue to try to add pitching, particularly left-handers, even though the team has six starters.
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