July 26, 2021

2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #21, Adam Jones (AZ Snakepit)

  • Rating: 6.01
  • Age: 34
  • 2019 Stats: .260/.313/.414, 87 OPS+/wRC+ -0.4 bWAR, -0.1 fWAR
  • 2019 Salary: $3,000,000
  • 2020 Status: Free Agent


The fact that Adam Jones ever wound up wearing Sedona Red for the 2019 season is a prime example of the drastic shift in how analytics have changed free agency. Jones’ first foray into the realm of free agency did not go well, or as expected. More than a week into March, Jones not only remained unsigned, but had yet to receive any offers, this despite having a long pedigree of success and still providing some positive value on the field in 2018. His 2018 value likely would have been considerably higher, had the Baltimore Orioles not waited so long to move him out from center field and onto one of the corners. Still as a career .278/.318/.456 hitter (good for a 108 OPS+) with 20+ HR power, it did seem a bit odd that the 11-year veteran was not getting offers from any corner. Though Jones was rather outspoken about the issues facing free agency at the time, Jones rose above the fray, working out in Arizona, keeping himself in the best game-shape he could while also making sure he was locally available for half of the teams in…

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