Adam Jones Signs Two-Year Deal with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes

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By Austin Medina 

Former Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones is moving on to Japan.

Adam Jones’ deal with Orix, per sources: Two years, $8M, with club option for ‘22. Chance to make additional $2M in incentives. Max-out number is $15.5M if Orix exercises option and Jones reaches all his incentives. Jones, 34, did not sign with #DBacks until March 11 last season.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2019

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Buffaloes have the option to extend Jones for a third season and the contract has the potential to be worth $15.5 million.

Jones announced on Instagram Tuesday that he will sign a two-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes.

A post shared by 10 (@simplyaj10) on Dec 10, 2019 at 7:02pm PST

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.

Last season, Jones waited until March to sign a one-year deal with Arizona after spending his first 11 seasons in Baltimore.

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.