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Adam Jones on playing in Japan: 'Keeping all my options open'

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Adam Jones on playing in Japan: 'Keeping all my options open'

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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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 

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Adam Jones gathers three hits in 1500th game, O's still lose

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Adam Jones gathers three hits in 1500th game, O's still lose

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bob Melvin is stressing the need for the Oakland Athletics to score earlier in games, and they did just that against the Orioles.

Then, the offense had to provide a boost again late when the bullpen faltered.

Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-out single in the sixth, Khris Davis launched a three-run homer in the first and the A's beat Baltimore 6-4 on Friday night.

After Davis connected in the first for his eighth homer, Matt Olson followed with a solo drive, but the A's bullpen couldn't hold a three-run lead for Daniel Mengden.

"We're scoring a lot of runs and our at-bats are great late in games but it's important we get off to good starts, too, and we did today," Melvin said. "Two pretty good hitters hit home runs. That's kind of what they do."

Lowrie singled against Brad Brach (0-2) into the shift in right, scoring Jonathan Lucroy from third. It was Lowrie's 10th go-ahead RBI this season.

On the previous play, Orioles second baseman Jace Peterson fielded a grounder by Marcus Semien and threw out a sliding Stephen Piscotty at home with the infield in.

Baltimore had tied the game at 4 in the top half of the sixth, getting RBI singles from Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and Danny Valencia.

But the Orioles lost their fourth straight game -- and Adam Jones voiced his frustration afterward.

"We're grown men, obviously, we're professionals, we know how to handle trials and tribulations, but at the same time the most important part is we're here to win," Jones said. "We're not here to just be part of a country club. We can join any country club in any of the cities that we live in. I just think what we need to do is get back to that mindset of winning."

Lou Trivino (2-0) induced Peterson's inning-ending double play in the sixth for the win. Blake Treinen finished for his fourth save in six chances after Semien's RBI single in the eighth provided insurance.

Lucroy played his 1,000th career game and had three hits for the A's, who had lost four of five. Oakland didn't take batting practice after a late arrival home from Seattle and three straight days of pregame hitting at Safeco Field.

Jones homered for Baltimore in the first to give starter Andrew Cashner his first run of support all season in seven starts.

Mengden -- just 1-10 in 16 career starts pitching at home in the Coliseum -- struck out five over five innings, allowing three hits and one run before Yusmeiro Petit gave it up in his third appearance since his mother's death.

LONGEVITY

Center fielder Jones played in his 1,500th game for the Orioles, becoming the eighth to do so -- joining company that includes Cal Ripken Jr.

QUOTABLE

Orioles manager Buck Showalter in ponder mode on A's great Vida Blue: "Was Vida Blue his real name? Great name. You don't hear names like that anymore. If I was Vida Showalter, who knows what would have happened. I would have been a star."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop, on the disabled list since April 14 with a strained right oblique muscle, will continue his rehab assignment this weekend perhaps going from Double-A Bowie to Triple-A Norfolk given potential weather issues and a better chance to play in top conditions. "I want him to be healthy," Showalter said. "The worst thing would be to rush this and he comes back and his first at-bat he goes back to square one. We're ahead of schedule for what normally happens with an oblique muscle." ... LHP closer Zach Britton, recovering from surgery on his right Achilles tendon, threw Friday and was scheduled to do pitcher fielding practice Saturday.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn, on the DL since March 26 with a strained pitching forearm, threw off flat ground and is expected to pitch off a mound sometime this homestand. Melvin said it's too soon to know whether Blackburn will be ready to be activated when eligible May 25. ... LHP Ryan Buchter, dealing with a strained throwing shoulder, is not yet back to playing catch. He's still in the strengthening phase. ... RHP Liam Hendriks (strained right groin) is playing catch but is yet to throw off the mound.

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