When the Baltimore Orioles (34-26) acquired the five-tool, slugging center fielder, Adam Jones, from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for former ace Erik Bedard in 2007, I was not sure what to expect.
Jones was the talk of Baltimore when he arrived; he was supposed to be the next big, star athlete and he would be the face of the Orioles in the future.
Since his acquisition, they have worked on building around Jones from the bottom up, and this year, it is finally paying off as they continue to stay competitive in the American League East.
Jones is a huge part of the Orioles 2012 success so far; he will be wearing the black and orange for the next six years at least, and if he continues to post impressive power numbers, exhibit strong leadership skills and make jaw-dropping catches in the outfield, the Birds will be tough to beat in the East.
Check out my list of five reasons why the Birds need a healthy Jones if they want to have any shot at winning the East, or at least keeping pace until Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold return to the lineup.