Former Baltimore Orioles star centerfielder Adam Jones could be on the move again as his current club currently is making him available on the trade market.
The Diamondbacks signed Jones to a one year contract in March, and he has not disappointed. Jones is slashing .261/.310/.433 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI’s for Arizona this season and has provided important veteran leadership to a team that traded their leader Paul Goldschmidt last off-season.
Though well behind the Dodgers in the National League West the Diamondbacks (48-47) are only one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the second NL wild-card spot. However, due to nearly the entire league being in the wild card race it seems Arizona will stick to their plan of a rebuild and sell at the trade deadline.
With an affordable contract Jones is a perfect trade chip and earlier this week USA Today’s Bob Nightengale confirmed that the team is looking to shop him.
Though he’s not the same player he was once was Jones still has quite the impressive track record. As an Oriole, he helped lead the team to the playoffs three-times after a decade of the franchise being irrelevant. He was named an all-star five times, won three gold gloves and a silver-slugger while in Birdland.
Now it seems he will get the opportunity to help a team in a pennant race as he did with the Orioles earlier this decade.
Though Nightengale did not link a specific team to Jones some to keep an eye on are the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and perhaps even the Tampa Bay Rays among others as these are just some of the teams in need of another outfielder for their playoff push.
If Jones is not traded by July 22nd, he will likely be in the lineup against the Orioles when Baltimore visits the Diamondbacks at Chase Field for a three-game series.