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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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Nationals Roundup: Manny Machado's Padres come to town for 3-game weekend set

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Nationals Roundup: Manny Machado's Padres come to town for 3-game weekend set

The Nationals (11-12) welcome Manny Machado and the NL East's San Diego Padres (14-11) to town for a 3-game set beginning Friday with a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch from Nationals Park. 

Washington enters the weekend having lost two consecutive series on the road against Miami and Colorado, yet still sits just 1.5 games out of the first-place Mets and Phillies

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Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (0-3) allowed six runs on nine hits over five innings Wednesday as the Nats fell to the Rockies in their rubber match, 9-5. He'll get another chance to get his first win of 2019 next Monday against the Cardinals. 

Anthony Rendon has been sidelined since Saturday when he was hit in the left elbow by a Jose Urena fastball. The early exit snapped his league-high 17-game hitting streak. Martinez said Rendon was available to pinch-hit Wednesday, which he did not. There does, however, seem to be optimism regarding Rendon's playing status for Friday. 

Victor Robles is putting consistent pressure on Davey Martinez to keep him at the top of his lineup. The 20-year-old has 11 extra-base hits in 85 plate apperances, and is batting .286. 

Trevor Rosenthal continues to struggle when called upon in the bullpen. In seven appearances this year, the 29-year-old has an ERA of 36.00. It certainly begs the question: how long can the Nationals afford to keep him on their roster? 

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Starting pitcher Chris Paddack led San Diego to a 1-0 win over the Mariners Wednesday while tossing seven innings, striking out nine, and retiring the last 19 batters he faced. This marked the 23-year-old's first win in the big leagues. 

Veteran and first-year Padre Ian Kinsler crushed his 250th career home run for the game's lone run Wednesday. 

Through 23 games, Manny Machado is batting .241 with 9 RBI and 4 HRs. Check out this ridiculous defensive play at third from earlier this month. The 26-year-old signed his 10-year, $300 million contract with the team in March. 

Injuries:

3B Anthony Rendon: Elbow hit by pitch, day-to-day

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-day IL

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-day IL

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-day IL

Coming Up:

Saturday, 4/27: Padres @ Nationals, 4:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park 

Sunday, 4/28: Padres @ Nationals, 1:35 p.m. ET, Nationals Park 

Monday, 4/29: Cardinals @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park 

Source: Rotoworld

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MLB insiders handicap final sprint for Bryce Harper now that Manny Machado has signed

MLB insiders handicap final sprint for Bryce Harper now that Manny Machado has signed

The first major domino of MLB free agency finally dropped on Tuesday, after what felt like months of waiting.

Four-time all-star and former Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reportedly agreed to a massive, 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres.

With Machado now out of the way, the focus on everybody’s mind now shifts back to Bryce Harper.

Eight MLB Insiders weighed in on their opinions on what this deal means for Harper.

Jim Bowden ( via CBS Sports HQ Twitter): Now that Manny Machado signed, Bryce Harper has a dollar value where he should be. Phillies had the leverage to offer either Harper or Machado a mega contract and if they didn’t take it offer it to the other. Now that Machado signed, they have lost all of their leverage. After Friday, if Harper has not signed with the Phillies, it is anyone’s game. Bowden predicts 10 years, $320-$330 million.

John Clark (NBC Sports Philly): The pressure is on for the Phillies. All of their eggs are in the “Bryce basket” since they could have outbid the Padres for Manny Machado. Bryce Harper plays best in Philadelphia and the stats prove it. He has 14 HR in Citizens Bank Park last season… meaning if he starts for the Phillies, he could have a 40+ season.

Amy Fadool (NBC Sports Philly): “The White Sox should be shocked that they did not get Manny Machado. The Nationals have the money to bid but the Phillies have Harper to lose.” Fadool predicts 10 years, $320 million.

Marc Farzetta (NBC Sports Philly): “It is no doubt that Bryce Harper will get the money he wants. Machado went where the finances talked and Bryce will do the same. It all depends if he wants to play in Philadelphia. If he doesn’t want to be in Philadelphia he won’t sign here.” Farzetta predicts $340 million.

Jon Heyman (via Twitter @JonHeyman): "With several teams, Harper derby may take a few or even several more days. Besides favored Phillies, there are at least the Giants, Padres, White Sox and perhaps incumbent Nats. Washington hasn’t been at the en at forefront but could come late. Rumor they have right to match at end is untrue tho." Heyman correctly predicted Machado’s contract back in November.” He predicted Bryce Harper signing a deal at 11 years, $330 million.

Buster Olney (ESPN.com): “The Bryce Harper camp should be high-fiving each other because he will get the biggest contract in baseball. Olney states that Harper will sign with the Phillies but the White Sox could be an underdog.” Reporting from Nationals Spring Training, Olney says that they are not making any moves to sign Harper.

Jim Salisbury (NBC Sports Philly): Bryce Harper has not made a decision about where he will sign because he has more options than ever. Salisbury thinks that the Nationals, White Sox and Phillies are the only teams in the running for Harper.

Dave Uram (via Twitter @MrUram): "This is pure speculation (per my opinion): After what happened with Manny Machado, if Bryce Harper doesn't agree to terms with the #Phillies by the end of the day, considering spring training already began, it'll give me the sense he doesn't want to play in Philadelphia."

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