While Jones played in 137 games last year for the Baltimore Orioles, he clearly was not himself. Ankle, shoulder, and back injuries limited Jones from May on. He sat out the final week of the year as it was clear the Orioles were not destined for the postseason. Last year marked the lowest number of games played for the five-time All-Star since 2009. His average flagged dramatically in the second half of the year. Jones batted .241 in August and .203 in September and his struggles pulled the entire offense down. He ended the season with a .269 batting average, the lowest full-season average of his ten-year career.
Jones turned 30 in August, and he may no longer be the straw that stirs the drink for the Orioles. That honor has been ceded to Manny Machado. Still, if the Orioles expect to have a shot at returning to the playoffs this year, Jones will need to be healthy all season. He plays the game all-out at all times, and showed a chink in the armor last year for the first time. A long winter should have done Jones good.