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Former Oriole Adam Jones announced on social media Tuesday night that he has signed with the Orix Buffalos, a professional team in Japan's NPB.

The deal is for $8 million over two seasons, plus a 2022 club option and the possibility of at least $2 million in incentives, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal

Jones spent almost his entire career in Baltimore, after he was traded to the Orioles in 2008 by the Mariners, who had drafted him 37th overall in 2003 and with whom he spent two years in the majors.  

Over his 11 years as an Oriole, Jones appeared in five All-Star Games and earned four golden gloves and one silver slugger, batting a combined .279 with 263 home runs.

But after he was granted free agency in 2018, Jones signed a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks for $3 million, where he batted .260 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI.

Jones wrote on Instagram that his time in MLB has been "the greatest 12 years and 139 days a person could ask for," but that it's time to move to Japan, to a team that "views [him] as a valuable piece to help bring their organization back on track."

 

Both the $8 million over two years and the assurance that he'll be able to play baseball for at least two more years seem like a pretty sweet deal for Jones, who referred to the approaching expiration date on the current MLB CBA in his Instagram post. 

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Well it’s that time in my career and life my family and I had to make a HUGE decision, and so that is what we have done!!! MLB has been amazing to myself and my family. We had an incredible run from the day I signed in 2003 to my final AB last year. It’s been the greatest 12 years and 139 days a person could ask for! The game has provided me an incredible living and has borne many fruits and hardware throughout the years . A lot to be proud of, that’s for sure . It’s now time to move on to my next chapter in life and say farewell to MLB and hello to NPB. That’s right, there is a team over in Japan (Orix Buffalos) that views me as a valuable piece to help bring their organization back on track and I’m up for the challenge!! They have expressed to my family and I that they value everything I bring to the game, and have proven that by offering me a 2 year guaranteed deal with a chance to play a 3rd year and beyond. My family and I are very, very excited about this new chapter in our lives, and rest assured we are going to embrace the shit out of it. I will miss all my peers, colleagues, and most importantly the Fans in the MLB but our paths will cross again I’m sure, in some type of capacity . You all be good and play nice over there especially with the CBA coming to an end. There is enough to go around, just work it out!! I’m out for now. AJ10......P.S. I can’t wait to eat that amazing Kobe beef!!

 

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