The Baltimore Orioles and center fielder year contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.

Jones, 26, is coming off his best season as a pro, setting career-highs in games (151), doubles (26), home runs (25) and runs batted in (83) last year.

But he also struck out 113 times compared to 29 walks while carrying a .280 batting average.

Through 624 career games with Seattle and Baltimore, the six-year veteran is a career .275 hitter with 100 doubles, 75 homers and 291 RBI.