MLB hot stove: D-Backs reportedly agree to one-year deal with veteran outfielder Adam Jones

I must say, Dontrelle Willis breaking a free agent signing with a Dumb & Dumber GIF on Twitter is very appropriate for the state of baseball in 2019.

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Anyway, the D-Backs are set on the outfield corners with Steven Souza and David Peralta, meaning Jones will likely return to center field with Ketel Marte becoming more of a super utility guy. Jones also gives the club a righty platoon option for lefty hitting Peralta. Manager Torey Lovullo could fill out his lineup card like so:

  1. 3B Eduardo Escobar
  2. CF Adam Jones
  3. LF David Peralta
  4. RF Steven Souza
  5. 1B Jake Lamb
  6. 2B Wilmer Flores
  7. SS Nick Ahmed
  8. C Carson Kelly
  9. Pitcher’s spot

The 33-year-old Jones authored a .281/.313/.419 batting line with 15 home runs last season. He moved to right field with the Orioles last August in deference to prospect Cedric Mullins. The various defensive stats (and the eye test) soured on Jones in center field in recent years.

The D-Backs traded away franchise icon Paul Goldschmidt over the winter, plus they lost Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock to free agency. Still, Arizona will field a roster that figures to be much more competitive than most rebuilding teams in 2019.

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