The Diamondbacks have agreed to phrases on a one-year contract with free-agent outfielder Adam Jones, in step with a supply, a signing that provides the membership a veteran choice in any respect 3 outfield positions.
The contract, which is value a assured $three million, will transform authentic as soon as Jones passes a bodily.
Jones, 33, is a five-time All-Megastar and four-time Gold Glove award winner, however he has observed his offensive manufacturing and defensive worth fall off lately. He hit .281 with 15 homers and 63 RBI remaining season for the Baltimore Orioles, for whom he performed the former 11 years.
Jones has performed nearly completely in heart box right through his occupation however used to be moved off the placement remaining August, when he started seeing time in proper box and sooner or later performed some in left box in September. He’s anticipated to go with the flow between all 3 positions with the Diamondbacks.
The signing frees up the flexible Ketel Marte to shift into extra of a perfect software function, during which he’ll get common at-bats at more than one positions. Marte nonetheless is anticipated to play on occasion in heart box.
Jones can be becoming a member of an outfield that still comprises left fielder David Peralta, proper fielder Steven Souza Jr. and the fast Jarrod Dyson.
Assuming the membership stays dedicated to sporting 3 catchers and desires to stay slugger Christian Walker, the Jones signing figures to be unhealthy information for outfielder Socrates Brito.
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Brito, who’s out of minor-league choices, entered Sunday simply five for 30 (.167) to this point in spring coaching.
Jones used to be as soon as thought to be some of the higher heart fielders in baseball. He hit 20 homers or extra in seven consecutive seasons, a streak snapped remaining 12 months, and gained 3 consecutive Gold Gloves from 2012-2014.
Regardless that he ceaselessly makes spotlight reel performs, his protection hardly ever has been considered in a flattering gentle by means of complex defensive metrics. He robotically rated as a detrimental defender in step with each Final Zone Score and Defensive Runs Stored, either one of which noticed him fall off considerably in heart box during the last two seasons.