Phillies trade rumors have been hot leading up to the deadline, but there’s one they won’t get done, at least right now
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has reportedly used his no-trade abilities to reject a move to Philadelphia according to Jon Heyman. Phillies trade rumors have been hot around Jones, who has 10-5 rights to reject a deal.
A player receives 10-5 rights after 10 seasons and playing his last five consecutive years with the same team. Jones has been the topic of trade discussions for the past couple of weeks, but he apparently wants to remain with the Orioles for the time being.
One insider put the chances of Jones moving at 55-45 percent earlier this week given Jones’ desire to remain in Baltimore. The soon-to-be 33-year-old is hitting .281 with 11 home runs this year for the 32-74 Orioles.
Jones would have been a solid fourth or fifth outfielder with a veteran voice in one of the youngest clubhouses in baseball. A potential platoon with Nick Williams in right field could have been another option, although Jones has only started two games in right field in his career.
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Virtually the entire Philadelphia front office knows Jones from their time in Baltimore, and team president Andy MacPhail traded for Jones when he ran the Orioles back in 2008.
This leaves the Phillies without a veteran outfielder for the time being with Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Roman Quinn patrolling the grass. Aaron Altherr was demoted last week after a stagnant season, and Quinn joined the team earlier this week after coming off the disabled list.
While the Phillies made a deal with the Mets to acquire Asdrubal Cabrera, they are still hoping to upgrade their bench before the deadline. Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo has been mentioned as a potential trade piece as a power bat off the bench, and Blue Jays veteran Curtis Granderson has also been mentioned in Phillies trade rumors.