Adam Jones and Chris Davis - Baltimore Orioles

A week ago, Chris Davis acknowledged the Baltimore Orioles need for starting pitching.

“I think we all know what’s at stake, what we need to accomplish,” Davis said on MLB Network Radio. “We feel confident with the guys that we have, but at the same time it wouldn’t hurt to have another starting pitcher.”

This week, the O’s face of the franchiseAdam Jones, was asked about the Orioles lack of offseason moves at the Baseball Assistance Team charity event (per USA Today’s For The Win).

“I’m not concerned about who we haven’t added,” Jones said. “I’m concerned about the mindset of the guys already on the team, and the guys that are going to be on that team March 31.

“Let (the Yankees and Red Sox) spend their money. It just creates bigger disappointments if things go bad.”

It’s a great response from the Orioles lone player signed past 2015. What do you expect him to say?

The trouble is, the O’s can’t expect back-to-back career seasons from guys like Jones, Davis, Manny Machado and Chris Tillman.

Here’s a quick glance at FanGraphs’ ZiPS projections for those four guys:

Adam Jones 2013: .285/.318/.493, 33 HR, 108 RBI, 4.4 WAR
Jones 2014 ZiPS: .277/.317/.471, 28 HR, 92 RBI, 3.3 zWAR

Chris Davis 2013: .286/.370/.634, 53 HR, 138 RBI, 6.3 WAR
Davis 2014 ZiPS: .267/.340/.546, 41 HR, 107 RBI, 3.2 zWAR

Manny Machado 2013: .283/.314/.434, 14 HR, 71 RBI, 6.5 WAR
Machado 2014 ZiPS: .272/.314/.446, 19 HR, 80 RBI, 4.5 zWAR

Chris Tillman 2013: 206.1 IP, 3.71 ERA, 113 ERA+, 7.8 K/9, 4.4 WAR
Tillman 2014 ZiPS: 187.0 IP, 4.14 ERA, 101 ERA+, 8.0 K/9, 2.7 zWAR

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