Jones on the possibility of a deal
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones did not have a new contract as of Friday afternoon, telling the large group of reporters who circled his locker that he wished he had good news, but he didn’t.
“I wish I had bells and whistles to tell you, trust me I do,” Jones said. “My agent is in town. He has a flight out of here in a couple of hours. Hopefully, I will have some good news for you, but right now I don’t.
The 26-year-old Jones did confirm that he took a physical on Thursday and was asked about the possibility of remaining an Oriole for a long time.
“It would be cool,” Jones said. “I don’t want to jinx anything.”
He wasn’t sure which side had initiated the last round of contract talks and said he wasn’t worried about the negotiations affecting his on-field play.
“I ‘m not in their offices. I’m in center field in my office,” Jones said. “It’s a pretty cool office to have. It’s an exciting thing, it’s a humbling thing, just the thought of it. It’s not complete so, trust me, my phone has been blowing up. It’s exciting, but I’d rather wait until something is imminent and I could have good news for you guys.
“If this happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I won’t be disappointed because if it does, it was meant to be, if it doesn’t it wasn’t meant to be.”
Jones said he has not spoken with owner Peter Angelos, who was scheduled to meet with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Friday, although he expressed a willingness to do so.
“[I] really do want to talk to him about a lot of different things that I have ideas of,” Jones said. See what is the goal. What do we want to do here? If I’m a part of it, I’m a part of it. We’re adults and I do want to meet with him.”