Heading in to the 2012 season, if you would have asked me to guess whether Garrett Jones would have returned to the Pirates in 2013, I probably would have said no. The first baseman is making $2.25 M this year, and because arbitration heavily favors home runs, he could very easily double that salary next year in his second of four arbitration years.
Jones looked like nothing more than a platoon option at the start of the year. He had a big breakout performnce in 2009, hitting for a .293 average, a .938 OPS, and hitting 21 homers in 314 at-bats.
The 2010 season wasn’t as good. Jones hit for a .247 average in 592 at-bats, getting every day playing time. He had 21 homers in that span, and a .720 OPS.
In 2011, Jones was platooned at the start of the year, but eventually got back to every day playing time. On the year he hit for a .243 average and a .753 OPS in 423 at-bats, with 16 homers.
So far this season, Jones has a .283/.316/.542 line with 19 homers in 321 at-bats. He entered the y...