Jones rolling in dough after inking extension

Adam Jones of the Orioles hits a triple at Camden Yards on May 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland....

Adam Jones of the Orioles hits a triple at Camden Yards on May 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Mitchell Layton/Getty Images/AFP

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As far as the Baltimore Orioles were concerned, Adam Jones left them no choice but to sign him to a long-term contract extension.

And every time he went deep this season, the price tag went up.

In the end, the two sides settled on a six-year, $85.5 million extension that makes Jones the second-richest centre fielder in baseball, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp. The deal, the biggest in franchise history, breaks down to an average of $14.25 million per season.

"Dude rang the cash register every time he hit a home run," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette joked Sunday. "I mean, Adam kind of forced the issue, didn't he?"

With a team-high 14 home runs, 31 RBIs and a 17-game hitting streak this season, yes he did.

"Here's a player that can help us on both sides of the ball," Duquette said. "He's 26 years old and he's a fixture in the community. So, we are telling Oriole fans we are committed to this player, we are committed to putting a winning team on the field and we are committed to providing hope to rebuilding our fan base."

CESPEDES CLOSE

Cuban rookie sensation Yoenis Cespedes is targetting a return to the Oakland A's lineup Friday.

Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 7 with a strained muscle in his left hand but after a pain-free batting practice session appears set to start his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

"It's nice to see this nightmare is over," Cespedes told the San Francisco Chronicle through coach Ariel Prieto.

Cespedes, the A's starting centre fielder and clean-up hitter, has five homers and 21 RBIs early in his MLB career.

The 26-year-old Cuban will likely start his rehab Monday alongside Manny Ramirez, who is playing in minors as he prepares to finish his 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Ramirez is eligible to return Wednesday but that's unlikely to happen.

LARSEN JERSEY ON MARKET

Don Larsen is set to auction off the uniform he wore while throwing a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

According to the New York Times, the former New York Yankees great is selling off the jersey and pants he wore during that game -- Oct. 8, 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers -- to help pay for his grandsons' college education.

"What the uniform actually sells for is not that important to me; whatever happens, happens," Larsen told the Times. "I'm just hoping for enough to help the grandkids. I really don't know what it is worth. But what I do know is that in terms of historic importance, my uniform is a part of one of the greatest moments in the history of sports.

"I have thought about that perfect game, more than once a day, every day of my life since the day I threw it."

The auction, run by Steiner Sports, has scheduled an opening bid of $565,000 for the uniform, which Larsen says he also wore in a short Game 2 appearance. In 2002, he auctioned off his glove, shoes and the ball that recorded the last out of the perfect game, raising nearly $121,000.

QUENTIN READY?

Carlos Quentin could made his debut with the San Diego Padres Monday against the Chicago Cubs.

Quentin, acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31, missed the Padres' first 49 games after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in mid-March. In a nine-game minor-league rehab assignment, Quentin has hit .438 with two homers and nine RBIs.

"There's a chance you might see him in Chicago," Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday. "There's a chance you could see him in the field."

Quentin had 24 homers and 77 RBIs while hitting .254 in 118 games with the White Sox last season.

BRIEFLY

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, who signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension Saturday, won't return to the lineup until at least Monday. Montero hasn't played in nearly a week due to a left groin strain ... In case you missed it, Seattle Mariners reliever Brandon League blew it again. This time it wasn't just a save opportunity he squandered. Blowing his fourth save of the season Friday against Anaheim cost League the closer's gig with the Mariners ... Orioles reliever Stu Pomeranz will likely be put on the disabled list after suffering an injury warming up Sunday. Pomeranz will have an MRI done Monday but manager Buck Showalter said there's a "better than average chance" he'll be put on the DL ... Outfielder Torii Hunter is expected to return to the Anaheim Angels Monday after taking two weeks off to deal with a family matter. Hunter's teenage son was charged with sexual assault in Texas ... Injured St. Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter has started throwing again, albeit into a net. There's still no timetable for his return but at least he's inching closer.

 


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