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“Now, I don’t have to worry about trade deadline, free agency,” Jones said. “I don’t have to worry about any of that, just worry about being a part of the best team in baseball.”

The Orioles have suffered through 14 straight losing seasons, and since Jones came to Baltimore in a trade from Seattle in 2008, the team hasn’t won even 70 games. Entering Sunday’s game with Kansas City, the Orioles lead the AL East with a 29-18 record.

“We have to prove to the fans that we’re for real. We’re slowing doing it. This is a big step in that right direction,” Jones said.

“There’s a bigger goal here, I believe, and that’s winning games.”