Roch Kubatko at reports that the Orioles have not approached center fielder Adam Jones about a long-term contract extension.  Jones, arguably the face of the organization, will hit the free agent market in 2014.  Sure, that seems like a long time away, but in my opinion it’s now or never with Jones.

Perhaps the Orioles have bought into the Mayan calendar…

If the Orioles want to build around him it’s time to sign him.  If they don’t, then it’s time to shop him around.

Here’s what Kubatko posted:

I’ll say it again: The Orioles need to figure out whether they can sign Jones to a long-term deal. He’s a free agent in 2014. His value could be at its highest, when he’s not viewed as a rental for a contender.

The Orioles haven’t approached Jones about an extension. Executive vice president Dan Duquette is focused on the center fielder’s 2012 contract. An extension is a back burner issue.

Will the Orioles get burned by waiting?

He points out that Jones said at FanFest that he would be open to a a long-term deal to stay in Baltimore. But the forum in which Jones answered the question could have had a lot to do with his response.

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  1. They’ll never sign Jones, nor will they get anything for him. I believed in McPhail, but my belief was misguided. I don’t believe in Duquette. This team is going to hell in a hand basket.

  2. JOnes will be history soon enough,,this team has been history for fifteen pitiful years………… player of value wants to play in Baltimore , this organization has screwed the great fans of Baltimore long enough , it’s past time for the Angelos family to move on , they have done enough damage………..

  3. Jones still hasn’t learned plate discipline, and doesn’t look like he will (.319 career OBP, .319 OBP in 2011.) His defense is overrated. Trade him while his value is high.

  4. I think we still have a year to decide on Jones and it will primarily depend on how our young spy’s progress this year. If they progress to what we thought they could be, we probably keep jones as we can look to win pretty soon. If they young sp’s continue to regress in a year we get rid of jones because we will be in all out rebuilding mode and I think a year from now his value will be similar to now depending on his production this year.

    • In case you haven’t noticed Eddie , they have been rebuilding for fifteen years,,,,,,,,,,,baseball is dead in Baltimore………..

  5. Could we all please let the Markakis contract stand as a Red Alert Warning Flag? We’ll be living with 13 Homers and 68 RBI’s for $11,000,000 for another, what, three or four more years? For me, one Dead Money contract in the OF is more than enough for now…

    • Good point,,,,,do you think he got this contract because he was Greek , it sure wasn’t based on performance………..

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