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UPDATE: Rays and Orioles no longer working on Bartlett for Reimold swap

Dec 7, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

Jason Bartlett

UPDATE: So much for that. Multiple sources are now reporting that the Bartlett-for-Reimold talks hit a snag and the deal is unlikely to happen. Perhaps the Orioles came to their senses.

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It’s no secret that the Rays have been trying to trade Jason Bartlett and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re close to sending the 31-year-old shortstop to the Orioles for Nolan Reimold.

According to Connolly talks between the two teams are “heating up” and “one source expects it to happen today.”

Bartlett is one season away from free agency and set to receive a raise from his $4 million salary in 2010 via the arbitration process despite an underwhelming performance, but the Orioles have been linked to various shortstop options throughout the offseason and are clearly looking for veteran help at the position.

Reimold had a strong rookie season in 2009 before undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles’ tendon and struggled to bounce back this year, spending most of the season at Triple-A. Tampa Bay presumably views him as the replacement for Carl Crawford in left field, or at least as part of the replacement plan along with top prospect Desmond Jennings.

Assuming the Rays feel confident about Reimold medically getting a 27-year-old potential impact bat who’s cheap and under team control for another five seasons for a mediocre 31-year-old free agent-to-be shortstop is a very nice move.

  1. randomdigits - Dec 7, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    I think the Rays have too much sense to view Reimold as a left fielder, I love the guy but he is a butcher in left. He played right field in the minors and might be better there, if not he should be DHing as the first base experiment in Norfolk last season did not go well.

  2. ladymomoly - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    He is good player and winner person here..
    Bactrim

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