Braves did not offer Prado & Jurrjens for Jones
Thought I’d pass along this blog post from Braves.com reporter Mark Bowman..
The Braves did express interest in Adam Jones. But they did not offer Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens to the Orioles in exchange for the outfielder.
A source with knowledge of the Orioles negotiations disputed a Baltimore Sun report that indicated the Braves were rejected when they offered Prado, Jurrjens and a pitching prospect for Jones.
The source said the Braves were told Jones was unavailable when they asked about him a couple weeks ago. The Orioles later called the Braves to see if they would trade Prado, Jurrjens and two other “premium guys” in exchange for Jones.
The Braves said they were not interested and the two clubs have not had any recent discussions about these players.
People who have been keeping up with this blog, and the Orioles media coverage in general, know by now that Jones is almost untouchable. He’s 26, relatively cheap (despite an huge raise coming in arbitration) and he’s one of the players executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has gone on the record as saying he wants to build around. It’s highly unlikely they trade Jones this winter.
It’s also highly unlikely the Orioles win the Prince Fielder sweepstakes. His name won’t go away in conjunction with Baltimore, and while you can bet the O’s would love to have him, the consensus remains that he’d have to fall into their lap. The rest of the interested teams –most of which have a larger budget and better chance of winning more immediately — would all have to drop out of the running.
Duquette’s most recent comment this afternoon on XM mirror that sentiment. Asked about the O’s interest in Fielder, Duquette said “Our pitching staff has to be up-graded…all of our rebuilding process has to start with that”.
Personally, I’d rather see the Orioles go after one of the better starting pitchers still available in Edwin Jackson, who is young and would have some of the best stuff on the staff. Control is an issue and there’s also the question as to why this guy’s been shuffled around as much as he has. But Duquette has mentioned wanting to stay in the three years and under parameter for free-agent arms and Jackson will probably be able to get a longer deal — and more money — elsewhere.