Baltimore Orioles management and fans have seen the writing on the wall for months now. Adam Jones has developed into one of the premier outfielders in all of baseball and it will take a large contract to lock him up for the next several seasons.
Jones isn't a free agent until after next season, but the time for the O's to act is now. The Orioles must either sign Jones to a long-term extension or trade him away for several top prospects while he is still under team control through next season.
His value on the trade market will suffer the longer the Orioles wait because most teams don't want to trade away their top prospects for only a few months with a star, like the Brewers did for CC Sabathia in 2008.
On the other hand, the longer the Orioles wait, the more expensive it will be to sign Jones long-term.
I believe Baltimore management will shift their attention from finding possible suitors for Jones to striking a deal with the All-Star.