NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Orioles would like to leave the Winter Meetings with a bat.
Jones is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first baseman, and the always budget-conscious Bucs could be looking to move him.
His resume isn’t as strong as Butler’s, but the price tag might not be as high. Jones is a late-bloomer. He’s only been a regular for four seasons, but he can play the field, which Butler can’t, and is also a home run hitter.
Jones hit 27 home runs and had 86 RBIs with a .274 average for the Pirates. At 31, he’s a full five years older than Butler, but a lot cheaper. He earned $2.25 million a little more than a quarter than Butler’s take.