Could Nats trade for Adam Jones?

Could Nats trade for Adam Jones?
December 8, 2011, 4:32 am
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When a rumor emerged on Tuesday afternoon that the Orioles were willing to field offers for All-Star center fielder Adam Jones, it was immediately shot down by respected national baseball writers. It seemed too good to be true, especially for a team like the Nationals who would love to acquire a player like Jones. Well, whether the Orioles would consider trading Jones or not, teams around the league have clearly taken notice.

In an interview on Sirius XM radio on Wednesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was asked about the 26-year-old former Gold Glove award-winner, and he didn't dodge the question. According to Jim Bowden, a personality on MLB Network radio and former GM of the Nats, Rizzo said that Washington has "done their homework" are "definitely interested."

Jones would likely require a large haul of prospects as he is one of the best young players in the league at his position. In 2011 he hit .280 with 25 home runs and 83 RBI, a career season for the former first round pick. But possibly working in the Nationals' favor is a group of young pitching prospects. The Orioles have had a long line of promising arms fade early and fail to reach their potential.

Could Baltimore's Dan Duquette be interested in rebuilding by trading their assets for youth? That remains to be seen. Duquette did tell on Wednesday, however, that they would likely make a deal or two on Thursday. He also added they would be acquiring some pitching.

The Nationals' pitching depth took a major hit when they lost out on free agent Mark Buehrle on Wednesday, but they could still see the position as a surplus and send a few arms up I-95 in exchange for the right player. And if Jones were available, he certainly sounds like a good fit.