Jones succinct on motivation: 'I'm here to win'

Jones succinct on motivation: 'I'm here to win'

SARASOTA -- Adam Jones took the field on Friday for the team's first full-squad practice and jogged all the way back to the warning track, a cheeky ode to the headlines earlier in the week after executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette noted that perhaps Jones -- who had been critical of the team's defensive outfield upgrades -- could help the defense by playing deeper.

Jones said Saturday morning that his trip out to deep center field wasn't really a message to anyone and, when asked if he had a reaction to Duquette's comments, simply said: "We're all entitled to an opinion, correct?"

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Sure, but does Jones plan to change anything in terms of his positioning this year?

"We shall see. I might be up in that center field section up there having a few pops during the game, if that's where they want me to play," he said. "But at the end of the day, I'm going to do what I do and that's just how it works."

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Jones has always been candid in his 10 years with the club, and he doesn't figure to change now. He was vocal at last month's FanFest about the team needing to get more athletic outfielders for the corner spots, disagreeing with Duquette's stance that the current personnel could improve by working on some things.

"What's too honest, telling the truth? I think that shows that I care," Jones said. "I'm here for one reason. I'm not here to be friends with anybody. I'm here to win, and at the end of the day I think that's what we're all here for."

Jones, who will leave camp in early March for the World Baseball Classic, said he hasn't made any adjustments to his offseason program. He will play in games early on and hope to get as many at-bats in the Grapefruit League as he can before he leaves.

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"I just think it's a matter of being smart with my body and not trying to overdo it," Jones said. "The WBC's important, very important, but the most important thing is playing for the Orioles and playing from April to hopefully October. I understand that's most important, but I'm going to go out there and give my all for Team USA because it is very, very important for me to go out there and represent my family."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.