By Austin Medina
Jones announced on Instagram Tuesday that he will sign a two-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes.
Among several aging players, Jones fell victim to the league’s unease of offering guaranteed contracts. According to Jones’ Instagram post, his contract with Orix is fully guaranteed for two seasons.
During that stretch, he batted .279 and racked up 263 home runs along with 866 RBIs. Aside from his bat, Jones won four Gold Gloves and represented the Orioles in five All-Star games. For his work on the field and in the community, Jones has been beloved by Oriole fans since debuting in 2008.
In his only season in Arizona, Jones batted .260 with 16 home runs, 67 RBIs as well as a dip in his slugging (.414).
Many teams could have signed Jones for not only his production but also his leadership. Now, he'll go overseas to Japan to continue his storied career.