Baltimore Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun that while he wants to build the franchise around Adam Jones, he is still available. In the midst of the Orioles' lack of interest in Jair Jurrjens, they are now looking into a deal involving Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson.
The Orioles turned down the Braves' offer of Jones for Jurrjens, Martin Prado and a minor league pitching prospect. The Braves apparently nixed the whole thing when the O's asked for a second prospect in the deal, with Baltimore calling Jurrjens' durability into question.
Enter Tommy Hanson.
Batlimore seems to be interested in a Prado/Hanson package for Jones. The Orioles want someone around whom they can base a rotation, and Hanson may be the guy. Though the 25-year-old missed the last month and a half of the season with shoulder issues, his career record is still 32-22 with a 3.38 ERA.
The deal may even make sense for the Braves, who would use Jones to play left field, and he could even move over to fill a potentially vacated center field if Michael Bourn leaves via free agency after 2012. Jones is coming off his best offensive season with a 25 homers and 83 RBIs. Jones was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2009.
It would also free up a rotation spot for Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado, which was one of the goals in trading Jurrjens.
On the downside, Jones is arbitration eligible after next season and already made $3.25 million in 2011 through arbitration, so the Braves could look to sign him to a long term deal. The Braves would also lose the reliability and versatility Prado brings to the lineup. They may want to look at substituting someone other than the fan favorite, unless they can reel in a true utility man.
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