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Orioles continue to show heavy interest in Mark Reynolds

Dec 5, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

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Desperate to add a power bat to their light-hitting lineups, the Orioles, Padres and Blue Jays have expressed interest this offseason in trading for Diamondbacks slugger Mark Reynolds.

Reynolds tallied 32 home runs in 2010 and a career-high 44 in 2009, but he’s the only player in major league history to amass 200 strikeouts in a season and he’s done that now for three straight years.  According to Ken Rosenthal of, that’s not deterring the Orioles, who are now heavily intrigued at the possibility of landing the third baseman while the Jays and Pads have backed off.

Reynolds has poor range at third base and is owed around $23.5 million through the 2013 season.  His strikeout rates won’t get any better with a move to the American League East and the O’s will almost certainly have to fork over a respectable prospect to acquire him.

Yes, it’s possible that the 27-year-old might improve his plate discipline and flourish in the cozy confines of Camden Yards, but Baltimore should know better than to make a desperation trade.  If the Orioles are going to catch up to the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays — heck, even the Blue Jays — they must do it through the draft and through the cultivation of what looks to be a healthy farm system.  Allowing Arizona to pluck a name or two from that system would seem to be a step in the wrong direction.

  1. randomdigits - Dec 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    I had to register because of this post since it is filled with so much wrong.

    First off the O’s have a healthy farm system? You might be thinking of a couple seasons ago, the O’s should come in around #20 this season, the only two guys they have that look like they could be impact major leaguers right now are Britton and Machado.

    Did you see the O’s did not offer arbitration to Koji and Millwood? Thats right yet again the O’s will not be getting any comp picks this season, did you see that the Rays might get 10? The Sox are also in line to have a handfull of picks before the O’s get their second. Do you think the O’s can outfarm these teams when they don’t play the arbitration game the right way and refuse to invest heavily in international talent?

    The O’s have no 3rd baseman, you think Reynolds strikes out a lot? Did you see what Bell did last year in his audition? 53 strikeouts in 159 at bats, with a grand total of 2 walks. Bell also managed to hit just .214 despite a 301 BABIP. At least Reynolds can give some blame to his low BA to a poor BABIP.

    Reynolds needs to improve his plate discipline? Here I thought he had 83 walks last season, 10 more then any Oriole hitter. He was also top 5 in P/PA an area that the Yankees, Sox and Rays were all much better then Baltimore was last season. Just because a player has a high K rate does not mean they have to discipline, that is an amateurish mistake to make.

    Also AM won’t make a “desperation” trade, he is looking at sending David Hernandez and maybe some filler. Desperation would be sending someone like Britton.

  2. aaaa13 - Dec 5, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Drew Silva get your facts straight man

    the blue jays are a light hitting lineup?
    they hit the most home runs in the league!

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