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Orioles CF Adam Jones explains why he nixed trade to Phillies

Orioles CF Adam Jones explains why he nixed trade to Phillies

The Phillies wanted Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones, but the veteran didn't want the Phillies.

Jones, a pending free agent, declined to waive his 10-and-5 no-trade rights to come to the Phillies. On Monday night, Jim Salisbury reported the Phillies and Orioles had an agreement but Jones turned it down.

Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline passed and Jones remained in Baltimore. On Tuesday night, Jones (sort of) explained why he decided to stay in Baltimore.

Per the Baltimore Sun:

"When players walked out years ago and walked the picket lines and stuff, they did that for reasons like this. I earned this and it’s my decision. I don’t have to explain it to nobody. It’s my decision. Thank you.

"I made the decision, you all didn’t. This is my decision, this is my life. I'm not going around dictating other people’s lives. So why do they do that with us? No one is going to tell me what to do. I earned every single bit of it. People before me fought vigorously, tirelessly to get rights like this. And I can invoke them."

The Phillies and Orioles were both active during trade deadline day. The Phils acquired catcher Wilson Ramos from the Rays and lefty pitcher Aaron Loup from Toronto (see story).

Baltimore traded Brad Brach, Jonathan Schoop, Darren O'Day and Kevin Gausman on Tuesday in addition to moving Manny Machado and Zach Britton previously.

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Latest trade rumor strangely links Phillies to Orioles OF Adam Jones

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Latest trade rumor strangely links Phillies to Orioles OF Adam Jones

This is an odd connection, but Fancred's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday afternoon that the Phillies are "considering" trading for Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones.

There are multiple reasons why this would be a strange fit. Jones hasn't played a position other than center field since 2007. That's not to say he couldn't fill in capably in right field or left field, he just hasn't done it.

The bigger issue is that Jones is the polar opposite type of offensive player the Phillies seek. He swings at everything. He never walks — he's averaged 24 walks per season since 2013.

In terms of a platoon situation, Jones has actually been significantly worse in his career against lefties (.265 BA, .726 OPS) than he has been vs. righties (.282 BA, .793 OPS).

The only way this would make sense is if the cost to acquire Jones is very low. Which it could be. He's a free agent after the season and he's having his worst offensive year in a decade. 

The Phils have been connected recently to Curtis Granderson, but their rationale here might be that if the price tags are similar, why not go for the more established offensive player? 

Defensively, Jones is not the player he used to be, but he'd still likely be an upgrade over what Odubel Herrera has given the Phillies in center this season. Teams are running at will on Herrera, scoring from third on shallow fly balls and trying to turn singles into doubles whenever he has to range to his side. Jones' arm is unquestionably stronger.

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Orioles trade Manny Machado to Dodgers; here's what it means for Phillies

Orioles trade Manny Machado to Dodgers; here's what it means for Phillies

Updated: 10 p.m.

No Manny Machado for the Phillies ... this time.

The Dodgers beat the Phillies' offer — at least in the eyes of the Orioles, which is all that matters. L.A. on Wednesday traded top prospect Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera to Baltimore for Machado, a free agent at season's end.

Diaz is a 21-year-old right-handed outfielder with power and plate selection the Dodgers signed out of Cuba for $15.5 million in 2015. 

The Phillies went after the former Orioles superstar aggressively and were willing to part with well-regarded prospects including right-hander Adonis Medina, but in the end, the win-now Dodgers were more willing to overpay for the best available player.

This does not, however, close the book on Machado eventually signing a long-term contract with the Phillies. Corey Seager is the Dodgers' franchise shortstop. He's out for the season with an elbow injury, which is why L.A. made this move. It makes sense for the Dodgers to overpay, it makes sense for them to go all-in given their sky-high payroll, with where they are in their window of contention and with how last October went.

We know that Machado wants to play shortstop. It's a big deal to him and it's where he feels most comfortable. He said this week in D.C. that money isn't the only factor for him this winter, that happiness is most important. If he gets similar offers and one of the teams is willing to let him play shortstop, that could make all the difference.

The Phillies will still pursue Machado this winter. Right now, however, their focus will shift to other available players on the trade market. There are still some nice players out there who could boost the left side of the Phillies' infield, their rotation or bullpen.

Check out the Phils' other options here. The Blue Jays, Royals, and even the Orioles still match up well in a trade. 

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