Instead of caving in to some public sentiment after the first days teams could negotiate with free agents, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta waited until the high money was invested into the so-called top unrestricted free agents and then walked away with one of the best safeties in the NFL.
The Ravens have lost several of their starting unrestricted free agents on defense, but there’s no reason for any alarm. The players the Ravens have lost so far this offseason were either too old or simply not good enough to merit multiyear, lucrative contracts.
Former Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was always a fascinating case of new-school player-evaluation methods disagreeing with the well-worn traits that baseball has valued for generations. His free agency showed how stark that was, both locally and nationally.
When the Ravens clinched their first playoff berth in four years, the game ball went to an understated 62-year-old who's about to leave his job of 23 years. That man, Ozzie Newsome, is widely admired as the chief architect of the organization.
With the announcement of Wednesday's agreement that will allow Cuban players to safely come to the United States to play baseball in the same manner that professionals from South Korea and Japan can, the Orioles will have an even wider talent base to sift through.
Former Orioles outfielder Adam Jones will be treated "no different" than any other free agent as the Orioles monitor the market this offseason, executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said.