BALTIMORE – Near the end of last season, Adam Jones said that he wanted Orioles management to hear his ideas for what the team needed to do.
“I think they’ve been aggressive. That’s all I can ask for,” Jones said on Saturday at FanFest.
The Orioles have made an effort to keep Chris Davis, something Jones badly wants and likes.
“By what they’re doing right now, offering seven years, north of $150 [million], I think they’ve grabbed ahold of what I wanted to get through to them. That’s all I asked. I didn’t ask, ‘do this.’ Just make the effort,” Jones said.
“Show not just me. Show the city, show the fans you want to make a conscious effort to keep this team intact. As a core, we have a really good team. If you take away pieces of it, it’s not that good for the team.”
Jones, who is the senior Oriole, thinks that Davis, who is represented by Scott Boras, will re-sign.
“Personally, I think he will,” Davis said. “You know who his agent is. It’s not going to be the easiest thing…He’s going to have to make the best business decision.”
The Orioles are about to re-sign Darren O’Day, something else Jones supports.
“I didn’t realize how much of a presence he really was a couple of years ago,” Jones said. “Tremendous leader.”
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Even if Davis is re-signed, that’s not enough for Jones.
“I think we need pitching. We need everything,” Jones said.
“If we don’t re-sign Chris, we still need to get some offense. We need to go after someone else. We need an outfielder…We’re going to have to sign somebody. By showing Chris and showing the fans that we’ve got money to spend, they can use that money in a different direction if it goes in a different direction.”