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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where Adam Jones is officially a free agent

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The Orioles’ captain is among the many MLB players who were automatically added to the free agent market yesterday. Where will he find a home in 2019?

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

How did you enjoy your first day of the MLB offseason yesterday? Did you finally catch up on some tasks you’ve been meaning to get around to for the last few months? Did you dare check out some — gasp — other sports?

Or maybe you’re already missing baseball. Don’t worry; only 116 days until the Orioles open Grapefruit League action in Sarasota. By that time, presumably, they will actually have a GM and a manager, but as of this moment nobody seems to have any clue who will fill those positions.

One person who almost certainly won’t be suiting up for the O’s at next year’s camp is Adam Jones. The Birds’ longest-tenured player officially became a free agent on Monday morning, along with more than a hundred other big leaguers, and he’s free to sign with any club as early as Saturday. The O’s made it clear at the end of the 2018 season that Jones wasn’t in their plans for the future, and Orioles fans gave him an appreciative sendoff in the final game of the year.

In all likelihood, Jones will look to latch on with a contending team for a two- or three-year deal, ending his 11-season tenure in Baltimore. Of course, it’s always possible that whoever becomes the next O’s GM will happen to be a big Adam Jones fan and try to bring him back as a mentor for a young team. I wouldn’t count on it, but stranger things have happened.

Links

Former Oriole Steve Pearce is a most deserving World Series MVP - BaltimoreBaseball.com
The one bright spot of the Red Sox winning the World Series is that former O’s fan favorite and genuine good guy Steve Pearce got a ring and MVP honors.

Baltimore Orioles: What to do when your nemesis wins the World Series - BirdsWatcher
The author’s answer to the question is, “Wait ‘til next year.” But when it turns out next year isn’t any better, then what?

For Orioles, let history be your guide, hire a general manager first – The Athletic
Despite the headline, this story mostly reads as a summary of Dan Duquette’s up-and-down tenure with the Orioles. Take a look back at all his greatest hits and most head-scratching failures.

McKenna omitted from AFL Fall Stars Game roster - School of Roch
TIL there’s an All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League called the Fall Stars. The Orioles’ Ryan McKenna somehow didn’t make it, despite eye-popping offensive numbers in the AFL.

Sources: After postseason antics, Yankees 'lukewarm' on signing Manny Machado | SNY
In ex-Orioles news, Manny Machado is possibly down one free agent suitor after the Yankees soured on his postseason antics. Yeah, I’m not buying it. I remain convinced he’ll be a Yankee until I see him sign on the dotted line with another team.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share that honor with Luis Matos, who turns the big 4-0 today. Matos spent all but 14 games of his 508-game big league career with the Orioles from 2000-2006. Remember when we were all unnaturally excited about the Birds’ young outfield of Matos, Larry Bigbie, and Jay Gibbons? What were we thinking?

On this day in 1986, the O’s traded homegrown righty Storm Davis to the Padres after five years in Baltimore. Storm returned to the Orioles six years later, where he was reunited with his childhood best friend Glenn Davis, who was unrelated to him but was practically raised as his brother.