Duquette on Jones’ possible contract extension
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette just held court briefly on the Adam Jones contract situation. He didn’t reveal much, but did seems hopeful that a deal could be reached in the “short term” that would keep the center fielder in Baltimore. Here’s what he said.
[on the talks]
“There’s not a lot I can say about it, except I’m encouraged by the fact that Adam wants to stay in Baltimore, we would certainly like him to stay in Baltimore. And hopefully we can work something out here in the short-term.”
[how short term?] “I don’t have a real timeline on these things, but hopefully we can get something done.”
[why the move to talk in-season after Duquette previously shot down the idea this spring?] “My choice is not to talk about contracts during the season, but he’s a unique case.”
[on what kind of ground was made in discussions] “I’m hopeful that we can get something done. I think it would be good, certainly good for the tam and the fans. I’ve said it before, everybody knows Adam Jones is a good player. We like Adam Jones, we like what he does for our ballclub. Plays good defense and hits in the middle of the lineup. He’s a dependable player, he plays the games.”
We’ve had some productive discussions and hopefully it will lead to a long term deal.
We’ve been working on it. We’ve been working on it for a while.”
[on if this is about Jones' play or the team winning?] “It’s about Adam Jones.”