Jon Heyman: Adam Jones clears waivers, could Philly still be in play?

Adam Jones is said by sources to have cleared waivers and remains eligible to be traded – so a trade can’t be ruled out, though the odds may not be great.

Jones had a chance before the non-waiver deadline to go to the Phillies, as was first reported by Fancred. But as is his right for a player with 10-and-5 veto rights, he declined to go to Philly. It’s possible they could revisit this, as they have acquired no other right-handed hitting outfielder, which is what they sought.

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Sources close to the team suggest though that Jones might be more likely to consider an AL team, where he’d have a chance to DH as well as play the outfield, or perhaps at least a team with a clear need in the outfield. Jones is said to have had the opportunity to talk to Phillies executives, including either president Andy MacPhail or GM Matt Klentak, or both (both of whom Jones knew from their days with the Orioles; MacPhail made the great trade that brought him from Seattle), but word is their plan was to play him about four days a week. He’d share a right-field platoon with Nick Williams, a left-handed hitter who’s hit righties better than lefties, and occasionally play center for them.

A friend of Jones suggested among the reasons Jones preferred to stay in Baltimore than go to Philadelphia included family, friends, fans and his charity, and that’s certainly a big part of the picture, if not all of it. It isn’t known if a part-time role might have weighed on Jones, as well, and he hasn’t said.

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The Orioles recently approached the Yankees to see if there’s any interest there considering Aaron Judge is out, as is Clint Frazier and Gary Sanchez, diminishing their right-handed strength. However, the Yankees are counting on a return for Judge and the others before too long, and are only a few million dollars below the $197-million luxury tax threshold, money they’d like to keep in case there are any more rotation solutions that crop up.

There aren’t many teams that seek outfielders in trade, in fact. The Mariners, who already acquired Cameron Maybin, could possibly make a little sense. But while the Mariners were Jones’ first team (before MacPhail traded for him), Jones may prefer to stay closer to his home in Baltimore. Nothing wrong with that.

Jon Heyman is Fancred's baseball insider. He publishes his weekly Inside Baseball column each Thursday on the App and FancredSports.com. You can download the App here and interact with Jon by following him right here.

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