Orioles near long-term deal with OF Jones

BALTIMORE — The Orioles and CF Adam Jones are nearing agreement on a potential franchise-record contract extension for the one-time All-Star.

"I don't have a real time line," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Friday. "We've had some productive discussions, and hopefully it will lead to a long-term deal."

Jones' contract expires after this season, though he still will be under club control in 2013. He made the AL All-Star team in 2009, and he entered play Friday leading the team in batting average (.311), homers (14) and RBIs (29) among players with at least 17 games.

Jones confirmed that his representative, Nez Balelo, was in Baltimore. Jones also said he has taken a physical, a prerequisite for a long-term extension.

"It's an exciting thing. It's a humbling thing, just even the thought of it," Jones, 26, said.

Jones figures to get a contract that will rival the most lucrative in Orioles history, which is Miguel Tejada's six-year, $72 million deal signed in 2003.

D'backs To lock catcher: Miguel Montero agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract with the Diamondbacks, but an announcement may not come for a few days, the Associated Press reported. He avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $5.9 million contract in the offseason.

Clemens Trial: A needle stored with a beer can appeared to contain a tiny amount of Roger Clemens' DNA, which turned out to be good news and bad news for both sides in the perjury trial of the former pitcher. A forensic scientist linked Clemens to cotton balls and a syringe needle former trainer Brian McNamee says he saved after injecting Clemens with steroids 11 years ago. His testimony was one of the last pieces of the government's case in its effort to prove the pitcher lied to Congress in 2008 when he denied using performance-enhancing substances. Clemens' lawyer got the expert to acknowledge that "hundreds of thousands" of white males in the United States could be a match for the DNA found on the needle and that it's "conceivable" the cotton balls could have been contaminated.

Braves: 3B Chipper Jones (bruised left leg) went on the DL after missing his seventh straight start.

Cardinals: 1B Lance Berkman had surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks. The team said the arthroscopic surgery found a partial tear in the medial meniscus, which was removed. The team had feared the injury could end his season or career.

Former player charged: Former OF Chad Curtis, who played for six teams and won two World Series with the Yankees, was charged with sexual misconduct after two teenage girls accused him of touching them at a Woodland, Mich., high school where he volunteered. Curtis, 43, was arraigned on five counts of criminal sexual conduct and freed after posting $25,000 in cash on a $250,000 bond, Barry County Undersheriff Robert Baker said.

Orioles near long-term deal with OF Jones 05/25/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:10am]

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