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Orioles' Adam Jones featured in new PSA for Boys and Girls Club

Orioles' Adam Jones featured in new PSA for Boys and Girls Club

MINNEAPOLIS—Adam Jones is involved in numerous charitable endeavors in the Baltimore area. Perhaps the one he’s most identified with is the Boys and Girls Clubs. 

Jones has helped refurbish three Baltimore Boys and Girls Clubs, and he’s now featured in a public service announcement celebrating the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Major League Baseball and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Watch here. 

“I think when they first brought it to me, it was quite surprising due to the fact that there’s a lot of players around major league baseball who do a lot of good work with the Boys and Girls Club. I think it’s quite humbling, the fact that I grew up in it, me and my brothers and cousins, and then over the last eight years I’ve been able to give back to the Boys and Girls Club in Baltimore and now San Diego. So, I think it’s a pretty good partnership and I think it’s a relationship that started when I was four or five and has continued into my 30s,” Jones said. 

He’s often spoken about the important role the clubs played in his life as a boy in San Diego. 
“I’m just trying to help where you can help and what I’ve been able to accomplish between the lines and on the field has been able to catapult a lot of the attention and notoriety. So, I just think it’s a good partnership. I never go into things trying to get notoriety for it. I just go into it trying to be that guiding light and try to help out kids and help out communities. This is a good partnership and I think that going forward we should be able to do a lot more, not just for the city of Baltimore but for the city of San Diego,” Jones said. 

Jones visits the clubs to underscore his involvement. 
“I think the kids understand that it’s me in the flesh rather than me as a checkbook or anything like that. When they see me, I tell them, ‘Talk to me like I’m one of your friends. Don’t put me on any sort of a pedestal. Come and talk to me. I’m human. I’m going to show up in sweats and some Jordans like all of you look.’ I’m there as an innocent bystander, just trying to give back, but in the physical form. I know tons of people who do it financially and I think that’s great also, but I think doing it in the physical form, the kids – not just the kids, but the community, the parents – they get to embrace you and see you for who you really are,” Jones said. 

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."