Jones posted via Instagram he agreed to a two-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Tuesday.
Jones didn't end up securing a contract for 2019 until joining the Diamondbacks in March, so he'll now head to Japan for a two-year deal that includes $8 million guaranteed. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal also includes a team option for 2022, and the 34-year-old could earn up to $15.5 million total if he reaches all the included incentives. Jones slashed .260/.313/.414 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI in 137 games with Arizona last season after spending the previous 11 years with Baltimore.
Jones (hamstring) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Padres.
Unsurprisingly, Jones will sit the season finale after exiting Saturday's game with right hamstring tightness. Tim Locastro will start in right field and bat sixth.
Jones left Saturday's game against the Padres with right hamstring tightness.
Jones went 0-for-1 prior to be replaced in right field for the start of the fourth inning. The veteran outfielder's status for Sunday's season finale remains up in the air.
Jones is not starting Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Jones played 10 innings during Tuesday's 19-inning win over the Cardinals, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout. He's now hitting just .170 through 12 games this month. The Diamondbacks are going with an outfield consisting of Josh Rojas, Tim Locastro and Abraham Almonte in Wednesday's series finale.
Jones is not in the lineup Tuesday against St. Louis.
Jones has hit just .190/.227/.286 in the month of September. Abraham Almonte starts in right field in his absence.
Jones went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 6-4 loss to San Diego.
Jones opened the game's scoring with his two-run shot in the second inning, his first since Aug. 26. He's 7-for-38 (.184 average) with only two extra-base hits this month.
Jones is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins.
Jones appeared to be losing his starting job in early September but then went on to start six out of eight games in right field prior to Wednesday's contest. Abraham Almonte starts there on this occasion.
Jones started in right field and went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Mets.
Jones made his first start in four games and just his third over the last nine. Jarrod Dyson has been getting more playing time of late, particularly against right-handed starters, but his recent hitting woes left him out of the lineup against New York right-hander Zack Wheeler on Tuesday.
Jones will sit again Monday against the Mets.
Jones finds himself on the bench for the third game in a row and the sixth time in eight contests. He's seemingly lost his starting job, even though his .268/.318/.431 season slash line is perfectly decent. Each of the last eight games has come with a righty on the mound for the opposition, so it's possible Jones is still the preferred option against lefties. Jarrod Dyson starts in right field.
Jones remains on the bench Sunday against Cincinnati.
Jones finds himself on the bench for the fifth time in the last seven games. The Diamondbacks have charged back into Wild Card contention, so that doesn't appear to be a case of avoiding him in favor of younger players in an audition for next season. Abraham Almonte will get the nod in right field.
Jones is not in the lineup Saturday against the Reds.
Jones sits for the fourth time in the last six games. He appears to be falling out of favor despite recording a strong .292/.358/.500 slash line over his last 18 games. Jarrod Dyson will be the right fielder Saturday.
Jones is not in the lineup Wednesday for the third time in four days.
Jones is hitting .285 with a respectable .751 OPS since the All-Star break, but he's found himself on the short end of the stick with manager Torey Lovullo deciding to rotate his starting right fielder since September got underway. Jarrod Dyson will man that position for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Jones is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Jones will give way to Josh Rojas in right field after starting each of the past four games at the position. While the veteran appeared set to settle into more of a part-time role once Rojas was called up from Triple-A Reno on Aug. 12, Jones has been able to maintain fairly steady playing time thanks to the season-ending shoulder injury to David Peralta.
Jones provided a pinch-hit solo home run in his lone at-bat Monday in the Diamondbacks' 6-4 win over the Giants.
The veteran has provided three of his 15 home runs this season off the bench, and it's looking more likely that the majority of his action over the final few weeks will come as a pinch hitter late in games. Jones has started just twice in the Diamondbacks' last seven contests with Jarrod Dyson and rookie Josh Rojas emerging as manager Torey Lovullo's preferred corner-outfield options.
Jones went 1-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Giants.
Jones got the start in center field over Jarrod Dyson against the left-handed Madison Bumgarner and extended his hitting streak to five games. A summer hitting funk and the recent callup of Josh Rojas have resulted in Jones' playing time taking a hit, but he'll typically get in the lineup against lefties.
Jones hit a three-run home run in his only at-bat during Friday's 10-9 loss to the Giants.
With two outs and the Diamondbacks trailing 7-4 in the eighth, the 34-year-old crushed a three-run home off Sam Coonrod to even the score. That ended a 45-game home run drought for Jones dating all the way back to June 15. Overall this season, he's batting .270/.317/.432 with 14 homers.
Jones will see a decrease in playing time due to the promotion of prospect Josh Rojas, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Jones had already seen Jarrod Dyson cut into his playing time, the result of a cooling-off period this summer. After a hot start with the Diamondbacks, the veteran outfielder is batting .248 with no home runs and 12 RBI over 43 games since June 18. The 34-year-old Jones understands and accepts his plight. "It's just understanding your role and trying not to be a selfish player," Jones said. "I've seen all facets of this game. The ones that I've seen support their teammates the most seem generally to have the most success, team-wise, and happiness individually."
Jones is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies.
Jones has supplied a lackluster .680 OPS thus far in the second half and could fade into more of a part-time role if the 59-59 Diamondbacks eventually tumble out of the National League wild-card race. He'll cede his spot in the outfield to Jarrod Dyson, who shifts over to clear a spot in center for Ketel Marte.
Jones is not in Friday's lineup against the Dodgers.
Jones is hitting .270 with zero home runs in 74 at-bats since the All-Star break. Jarrod Dyson will start in right field and lead off.
Jones will head to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Phillies.
Jones went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Monday's series opener, so he'll bow out of Tuesday's starting nine. Jarrod Dyson draws the start in right field and will bat leadoff.
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