The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen a lot of turnover this season and aren’t looking at being real contenders this season, but they have went out and signed five-time all-star outfielder Adam Jones. Jones has also won four Gold Glove awards and won the Silver Slugger award in 2013.
Jones did see a drop in his power last season, dropping to 15 home runs, which was down from his usual upper-20s, but other than that his offensive numbers were pretty on par with the rest of his career and that is shown by his 2.6 offensive WAR, which wasn’t where he was at when he was a perennial all-star, but it’s about on par with his all-star seasons of 2009 and 2015.
Where he saw a pretty sizable dropoff was in his defense. He posted a career low defensive WAR of -2.3 last season and he was responsible for a career-low -18 defensive runs saved in his usual center field position. He also played a decent chunk of innings in right field last season and he was probably worse in that spot.
It’s not too surprising to see the dropoff in defense because that’s usually something that comes with age, especially when a player plays a position that requires a good amount of range, like center field.
The good thing about this is that Jones will likely be coming off the bench for Arizona so he will be able to play sparingly instead of being an every day player. The other good thing is this is only a one-year deal for $3 million, so it’s very low-risk for the team and for Jones he will have a chance to prove he can still play.
It’s fairly surprising that with his defensive limitations that have arisen, an American League team didn’t opt to sign him and have him be the designated hitter, but I’m sure Jones is happy he will get a chance to play this season with Spring Training having already started.
This offseason the Diamondbacks have cut roughly $24 million in payroll from where they were last season, which isn’t surprising because they spent on their team last offseason coming off of a season in which they made the NLDS, but now they are coming off of a disappointing season and they have already traded the cornerstone of their franchise, Paul Goldschmidt.
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