Sunday, May 27, 2012
Baltimore Orioles GM Dan Duquette Announces The Contract Extension of Adam Jones: A Building Block For The Future
To be honest with you, the Orioles had to resign Center Fielder Adam Jones, he's on the verge of being one of the Top 5-10 all around players in Major League Baseball. Along with Right Fielder Nick Markakis and the Orioles already have the best all around Catcher in MLB, in Matt Wieters. With a good young Pitching Staff and with solid veterans like, SS JJ Hardy, 3B slash OF Wilson Betemit, the best bullpen in baseball. The Orioles have been probably the worst franchise in MLB the last fifteen years, to go along with the Pittsburgh Pirates, because they've lacked direction. They would sign aging Free Agents, who wouldn't work out or Free Agents that they overestimated and wouldn't hold on to their young talent. Thats changing now that General Partner Peter Angelos has taken a step back and allowed Dan Duquette to run the club and invest money into their young talent and sign Free Agents that can help them, not getting the most expensive Free Agents out there. But saving that money and finding several at a time, like JJ Hardy and Wilson Betemit, that can help the team win now, along with bringing up young First Baseman Chris Davis.
The Orioles couldn't of afford to lose Adam Jones and they are going to have to resign Matt Wieters in the future as well. You lose Jones and the Orioles not only lose perhaps their best all around player but he's picked up right away for 50-100M$ and the Orioles are back to where they started a couple years ago. Good young talent but not willing to develop and keep them long enough, for that talent to pay off and for the Orioles to be winners again. By resigning both Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, the Orioles are making it clear to their players and their fans, that they are in the business of winning and want to contend. Thats what Dan Duquette has brought to the Orioles and Peter Angeloes finally seems to be waking up to the idea, that for the Orioles to win and to draw fans. He has to let his people do their jobs and give them the resources to do them.
Adam Jones is a five tool Center Fielder, tall, strong, can run, catch, throw, field, hit and hit for power. His stature aren't tools but makes his job a lot easier, he reminds me a little bit of a young Ken Griffey JR, not sure he'll end up being that great but has similar skills. And is someone the Orioles couldn't afford to lose and is a huge move by Dan Duquette and the Orioles.