The next cornerstone piece of the Baltimore Orioles is likely longtime Orioles star Adam Jones with the Philadelphia Phillies expressing interest.
First, the Baltimore Orioles traded their All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2018 MLB All-Star break. The following week, the Orioles then traded their All-Star closer Zach Britton to the New York Yankees in exchange for three pitching prospects.
In total, the Orioles have acquired eight prospects from completed trades with both the Yankees and Dodgers. The Orioles don’t have plans of slowing down their rebuild any time soon as they look to complete more deals before the July 31 MLB trade deadline.
However, the latest Orioles trade rumors regarding Jones comes after Orioles executive vice president John Angelos, who is also the son of Orioles owner Peter Angelos, per Dan Connolly of The Athletic.
In the meeting, Connolly notes the two sides talked about the organization and how Jones fits in the current Orioles rebuild as the longest-tenured player remarked he could be here for the second rebuild. Despite Jones’ willingness to help the Orioles in their current rebuild as the team leader, trade rumors indicate Jones may be headed to Philadelphia before the trade deadline.
Currently, the Phillies starting center fielder Nick Williams has failed to reach expectations, steering the Phillies to inquire the Orioles on Jones. Heyman also reports the Cleveland Indians as another possible team interested in Jones as they look to upgrade their outfield before the postseason.
The Orioles five-time All-Star is hitting .277 this season with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in the midst of season No. 11. Could the 11-year Baltimore Orioles star be on the way out or will he commit to helping the Orioles rebuild their roster?