The deal is expected to be six years in length and worth in the mid-$80 million range.
“I wish I could tell you more, but there’s nothing to tell because there is nothing being done right now,” Jones said. “I wish I had bells and whistles to tell you. Trust me, I do. But I don’t.”
Asked whether negotiations between Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and Jones’ agent, Nez Balelo of CAA, were ongoing, Jones said, “My agent’s in town. He’s got a flight out of here in a couple hours. Hopefully he can stay for [an agreement].
“Hopefully, I’ll have some good news for you, but right now I don’t."
Asked whether he underwent a physical Thursday, which the Orioles require before they enter into long-term deals, Jones said, “I was there at Bayview [Medical Center]. They do a physical. That’s still a part of it, but nothing is set in stone. “
He said he has not spoken directly to club principal owner Peter Angelos during the process.
“I have not. I want to though,” Jones said. “I really do want to talk to him about a lot of things. That I have ideas of, ‘What’s the goal? What are we going to do here?’ If I’m a part of it, I’m a part of it. If not … I’m a grown man. It’s a business."
Jones also talked about the importance of keeping a core group of players together – and he dipped into the recent history of an American League East rival.
“Look at the players I have around me," Jones said. "The core is all 25, 26. I am 26 myself. If it is something that we can build until we are in our 30s, that would be a good thing. If you have a strong core that can work together similar to what New York has had with [Derek] Jeter, Mariano [Rivera], [Jorge] Posada, [Andy] Pettitte ... the core is our future, and we have a good team here and I enjoy it. And I enjoy it since I’ve been here, but obviously winning has made it a lot more enjoyable.
“It’d be cool [to stay],” said Jones, who is a free agent after the 2013 season. “But if it don’t get done -- you guys have been promoting it -- if it doesn’t happen, it’s going to be, ‘What about the other story?’ About it didn’t happen. So I kind of don’t want to jinx anything.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun