Adam Jones is coming off the worst season of his professional career. A 0.2WAR by far the lowest of his career came while his team was putting together a historic season alongside him. The Orioles finished the season at 47-115 an astounding 61 games behind the first place Red Sox. Jones will enter the season at 33 years old, his best days offensively and defensively behind him. But is he really not worth a look in spring training by a contending team in need of some outfield help?
Jones hasn’t been the all-star he was from 2012-2015 but he still has brought production to the table over the last three seasons. Jones has shown power over the last three season combining for a total of 70 homers and never hitting below .265 in those three seasons. Jones also brings in league average OPS at a career mark of .779. He has been a leader in the Baltimore club house and is respected around baseball. Never more notably then the leadership he brought to team USA in the world baseball classic.
While he is not the based sabermetric center fielder defensively, Jones still has the ability to play all three positions.
Teams that should consider:
New York Mets- Lagares can’t hit and Broxton hasn’t shown anything in the majors yet.
Cleveland Indians- after losing so much this off season the Indians could use some more pop and another veteran bat to sell to the fans. Leonys Martin is not the answer.
Josh Harrison is coming off a subpar season that was marred by injuries. Playing in only 97 games in 2018 Harrison’s productivity was not where the Pirates wanted it to be, leading to a buyout of his contract. Harrison now sits in the wasteland of free agents.
The 31-year old utility player brings plus defense to two different positions 2b and 3b. The 2017 All-Star can bring a dynamic player off the bench for multiple playoff contenders. In an age of versatility being a great attribute Harrison would be a perfect fit on multiple teams.
Teams that should consider:
New York Yankees- having a player whom can come in defensively for Miguel Andujar would be a perfect fit in the late innings. His speed can also be valuable in late inning situations.
Milwaukee Brewers- This one is a bit of a stretch but he would be an upgrade over Hernan Perez because of his experience and great club house demeanor. He could replace the underrated Eric Sogard in a utility infield role.
I have been preaching the effectiveness of Tony Sipp all off season. Sipp had a 1.86 ERA in 38 innings last season with the Houston Astros. This included a home ERA of .90 in the hitter friendly Minute Maid Park.
Sipp was as good as it gets versus lefties in 2018 holding them to a slash line of .191/.263/.294. While Sipp hasn’t had as storied a career as the players a previously spoke of he is coming off of a great season and is currently ranked as the second best reliever still on the market behind Craig Kimbrel.
Teams that should consider-
Anyone and everyone. I lefty specialist is not easy to find. Sipp would fill in that role for any contending team that is worried about the left side of their bullpen. He is going to be cheap to.