The Orioles traded Jeremy Guthrie to the Rockies on Monday, the same day his arbitration hearing was scheduled to be heard. Could CF Adam Jones be the next Oriole to be sent packing from Charm City? Jones is two years from free agency and would seem to be a prime building block for a the long downtrodden Orioles. Jones is still just 26 and has already been an All Star and Gold Glove winner. If the Orioles intend to lock Jones up to a long term deal now is the time to do it. According to MASNsports.com the Orioles have not approached Jones about an extension and have put the topic of a long term deal on the back burner.
Given the state of the franchise and the apparent lack of urgency in locking up a potential cornerstone player in Jones it seems increasingly likely that Jones will be traded at some point in the near future.