While the Indians have discussed trading for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, they’ve also talked to Baltimore about other players on their roster.
Like Morosi tweeted, the Indians are looking for a right handed hitting outfielder with their current outfield primarly left handed hitters with the exception of switch hitter Greg Allen and right handed Brandon Guyer.
The Indians also need depth in the outfield with Lonnie Chisenhall expected to miss the next eight to ten weeks with a calf strain and has been dealing with injuries throughout the entire season. Bradley Zimmer has also missed a lot of the season with injuries and was sent down to Columbus in early June.
Adam Jones is in the final season of his six year, $85.5 million dollar contract he signed in 2013 with the Orioles. He’s been a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winner.
The 32-year-old has been primarly a centerfielder for his thirteen year career but would likely transition to right field if the Indians were to acquire him as his fielding has been on the decline.
At the plate, he’s been a solid hitter with a career average of .277 with 1,751 hits, 261 home runs and 848 runs batted in. His best season came in 2013 when he hit .285 with a career high 33 home runs and 108 runs batted in and won the Silver Slugger award that year.
This season he’s appeared in 89 games for the 26-68 Orioles, hitting .275 with 10 home runs and 33 runs batted in.
Jones has also been praised for his leadership abilities as mentioned above by Morosi. He could be a great mentor for guys like Tyler Naquin and Greg Allen although Michael Brantley is already a strong veteran presence in the clubhouse for those guys.
With him being on the last year of his contract, the cost to acquire him shouldn’t be as expensive as it would be for acquiring someone with multiple years of control or for a superstar type player like Machado.
While the Indians are likely looking all over the major league for potential trade targets, the fact the dialogue with Baltimore has been active and continuing to be active as we get closer to the deadline, I would like to think a deal could be made by July 31, whether it’s for Machado, Jones or potentially for one of their bullpen arms like Zach Britton, Miguel Castro or Mychal Givens.