Adam Jones isn't the player he used to be for much of his career with the Orioles, but he could certainly still contribute to an MLB team next year, right?
The Winter Meetings began Sunday and Jones has yet to sign with a team, and according to Ken Rosenthal, he could be going to Japan to play with the Orix Buffaloes on a multi-year deal.
During an interview with MLB Network on Tuesday, Jones talked about his free agency and how he's approaching the next step in his career.
“I’m keeping all my options open," Jones said. "I have a unique opportunity to do something different. I have a unique opportunity to take control of my own career."
Jones got into contact with Japan last year through his agent, whom he shares with Angels and Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani. It would be a big move for his family, but Jones expressed excitement in the opportunity, hinting he's already preparing his wife with classic baseball cinema.
"I made her watch 'Mr. Baseball,'" he said with a laugh. "She was rolling the entire time."
The fact remains that Jones is still worthy of a spot on a major-league team. Last season in Arizona, Jones played 137 games, posted a .260/.313/.414 slash line with 16 home runs and 67 RBI.
Along with his veteran leadership in the clubhouse, Jones could provide a positive presence to any team, especially his hometown Padres led by former teammate Manny Machado.
"I've just had an admiration for [Machado]," Jones said. "It would be great, a lot of my friends, family that would love it here."
Perhaps the Padres can get something done to not only reunite two former Oriole greats, but to make sure Jones doesn't play baseball in any other league besides the one we have here.
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