When the Orioles extended Adam Jones, he was hitting like a player possessed. Now that he's back to being the old Adam Jones, have the deal's detractors been proven right?
The Orioles went 29-18 through May 25th. Since then, they’re two games under .500. You know about the crazy record in one-run games (22-6!), the related crazy record in extra-inning games (12-2!), and the other fluky factors (Pedro Strop’s BABIP!) that have kept a team with a run differential of nearly negative 50 in contention with six weeks of regular season remaining. But for those first two months of the season, something a little less fluky, if equally fleeting, was keeping the Orioles afloat: Adam Jones was on fire.
Jones wasn’t literally on fire. Lighting fires under players is most effective when the flames are metaphorical. In the NBA Jamsense, though, Jones’ bat was burning up. Through the end of May, he hit .314/.365/.618, with 16 home runs. Only Josh Hamilton and Edwin Encarnacion hit more over the same span. Jones’ career high for homers was 25, and he was on pace to blow by that before the end of June. I mentioned the Orioles’ record through May 25th earlier, not just because it made for a convenient arbitrary endpoint, but because the following day, they signed Jones to a six-year, $85.5 million extension. That day, May 26th, was a good day to be an Orioles fan, which is not something you can say about very many days since, oh, 1997 or so. The O’s were in first place, Adam Jones was by far their best player, and he’d agreed to be in Baltimore until 2018. If you looked closely, there wasn’t a lot to like about the 2012 Orioles. But there was plenty to like about Jones.
The Phillies have reportedly agreed to complete another big-money, long-term extension, this time with Cole Hamels.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to extend Cole Hamels to a six-year extension in excess of $137.5 million. However, the deal and the amount of money involved have not yet been confirmed. If and when the extension is announced and/or the contract details are finalized, we'll update this post.
Anthony Rizzo may be making headlines, but the Cubs' much-maligned shortstop might their best hope for future success.
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Sahadev Sharmais a contributor to ESPN Chicago and ChicagoSide, where he regularly covers the Cubs and White Sox. Sahadev spent four years as a radio producer at ESPN 1000 in Chicago and often dabbled in the blogosphere. In the fall of 2010, Sahadev focused his attention on the writing side of the business and quickly realized that was where he belonged. If not spending his free time with his wife, one-year-old son, and two Italian Greyhounds, you’ll likely find Sahadev appreciating Starlin Castro’s ability to hit, defending Adam Dunn, or watching YouTube clips of the Illini’s 2005 NCAA tourney comeback against Arizona. Follow him on Twitter @sahadevsharma.
Trevor Cahill becomes the latest beneficiary of Billy Beane's extension-happy behavior, but will he find the same success as his predecessors?
When a musician uses another’s work within his own song, it’s called sampling. When a musician flips his own work, it’s called a remix. Billy Beane is doing a little of both by extending Trevor Cahill.
Throughout the early 1990s, Cleveland general manager John Hart locked up as many young players as he could, including Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Beane and his younger disciples have since made pre-arbitration deals sexy, but locking up talented youth isn’t just for the progressive these days, as even the old fogies have gotten in on the act. Whereas Hart mostly focused on positional players (although he did extend Charles Nagy), Beane is quite accomplished in the fine art of starting pitcher extensions. Talented starting pitcher trios and contract extensions have come in cycles for Beane since he became Oakland’s general manager.
Welcome to the odd fistful of clubs that has payrolls which fit in anyone's budget.
From high rollers to low-stakes players, you can find examples of both in the National League East. Continuing our look at the 2010 payroll forecasts (we’ve covered the NL Central and the AL Central), let’s take a look at the Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Mets, and Nationals.