Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/25/12
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The extension that Brian wrote about this morning between the Baltmore Orioles and Adam Jones is apparently just about done. CBS's Jon Heyman is reporting that the deal will be for six years and a whopping $85.5 million. My initial thought about the deal is "wow, that's a lot of money". An average of $14.25 million a year for Adam Jones? That's crazy. While Jones has had a great six weeks to kick off his season, tallying 2.8 fWAR, a .958 OPS, and 14 homers, his career has been largely a disappointment. That 2.8 fWAR is already the second highest total of his career, which was 2.9 last season. He has a career walk rate under 5%, and has largely middling defensive numbers in center field. Compare this extension to that signed by Andrew McCutchen in March, who signed for six years and $51.5 million along with an option year. McCutchen's average salary is just a hair over $8.5 million, and he is by far the superior player, at a little over a year younger than Jones. In 200 games fewer t...
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