What are 10-and-5 rights and how did they keep Adam Jones with the Orioles?

The Orioles continued to purge their major league roster en route to a total rebuild Tuesday.

But one big-name veteran who remained after the club’s flurry of moves before the nonwaiver deadline is center fielder Adam Jones.


The Orioles had planned to trade Jones to the Philadelphia Phillies — but he was able to block that move because of his 10-and-5 service time rights. So just what exactly does that mean?

The 10-and-5 rule allows players who have been in the major leagues for at least 10 years and with the same team for the last five to veto any potential trade. The rule was put in place as part of the players’ union’s collective bargaining agreement after their 1972 strike.


“When players walked out years ago and walked the picket lines and stuff, they did that for reasons like this,” Jones said after Tuesday’s 6-3 loss at the New York Yankees. “I earned this and it’s my decision. I don’t have to explain it to nobody.”

Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo A. Encina contributed to this article.

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