BALTIMORE - Baltimore Orioles fans can rest easy now. Their superstar is home, hopefully for good.
Adam Jones, born and raised in San Diego, drafted by Seattle, and a member of the Orioles for five seasons will be here for at least six more.
On Sunday, the 26-year-old Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension that included a no-trade provision.
"Now, I don't have to worry about trade deadline, free agency. I don't have to worry about any of that, just worry about being a part of the best team in baseball," Jones said.
Jones' Orioles aren't playing like the best team in baseball. They've lost five of seven, and dropped their second straight to the Kansas City Royals 4-2 before 33,919 at Oriole Park on Sunday.
Jones extended his hitting streak to 18 games, longest in the majors this season, with a double, but the Orioles left 10 runners on and batted a dreadful 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
While the fans were disappointed in the Orioles' play this weekend, they were thrilled about Jones.
Baltimore has lost five of seven and lost consecutive series this season for the first time.
Jones' deal was finalized on Saturday after Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and the centerfielder's agent, Nez Belalo, came to an agreement.
Just before spring training, the Orioles and Jones came to agreement on a one-year, $6.15 million contract. The parties began negotiating during spring training, and as Jones' numbers increased, so did his price.
"The dude rang the cash register every time he hit a home run," Duquette said.
Jones is batting .308 with 14 home runs and 31 RBIs.
After arriving here, Jones became comfortable with the Orioles - and the area.
"I fit here in his city. I fit here on this team. I fit in Camden Yards," Jones said. "I don't see myself wearing another white uniform that doesn't have Orioles across the chest."
Jones was joined at his announcement by Robert Andino, Jake Arrieta, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis, and he thinks other than a few adjustments, the nucleus of a contender is already in place, he said.
"We got the team. We got the guys," Jones said. "It's just a matter of building around the guys that are here."