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The Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg

Mar 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

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Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg.

Gregg has historically been a useful reliever, though he’s coming off a bad year.  Reynolds is probably the worst defensive third baseman in my lifetime — maybe anyone’s lifetime — and managed the neat trick of hitting 37 homers while still only posting an OPS+ of 119 last season. The year before was even more special: 32 homers and an OPS+ of 97.  I’d call him one-dimensional, but that’s an insult to dimensions.

Thank goodness Chipper Jones didn’t make his retirement effective immediately, or I’d be worried the Braves would be in on that business.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Gregg is useful primarily to the opposing team. You don’t “shop” a guy like that. You recycle him, on the assumption that he’s biodegradable.

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      So If they were smart they’d just give him to a division rival with a closer sign hanging around his neck and a red bow tie?

      • Old Gator - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        That, or check the commodities markets to see what Soylent Green is going for….

    • Kyle - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Word up. Gregg has been replacement-level his entire career, basically.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Reynolds would be a perfect backup for when Chipper goes down in a heap actually Craig, the Braves may be in on that.

  3. jimbo1949 - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    They may be selling, but the only likely buyers are the 2011 Orioles.

  4. randomdigits - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I find it hard to believe that Reynolds is the worst defensive third baseman you have ever seen when he hasn’t even taken a ground ball off the face this spring.

  5. rambodiaz - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    And the torture of being a Pirate fan is that one immediately thinks “My gosh, Reynolds may actually be an improvement over Pedro Alvarez.”

  6. bblontz - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Amazing that a guy who hit 37 home runs and drove in 86 RBI’s in 2011 could be so bad defensively to only warrant an fWAR of 0.3.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      It’s not just defense, it’s the whole getting-on-base-less-often-than-rey-ordonez thing he’s got going there. The power’s nice, but when it comes attached to that many outs it just isn’t worth all that much.

      • randomdigits - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Reynolds career OBP 331
        Ordonez career OBP 289

        He strikes out a ton but he also has a nice walk rate.

  7. dcfan4life - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Mark Reynolds is a career .238 hitter, who hit a wopping .221 last season. Of his 118 hits last season he hit 37 home runs and 27 doubles (with one triple). That means over half his hits are extra bases. This guy swings for the fences and will strike out or be usless the majority of the time. Terrible player who can’t help a ball club defensively. But then thats why the Orioles signed him now isnt it. There baseball scouts are the worst, their front office is the worst, and their ownership is the worst. He will be gift wrapped to someone if they really want to get rid of him. Seattle anyone???

    • randomdigits - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      O’s didn’t sign him, they traded for him.

    • dowhatifeellike - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      You’re right about the scouting and the ownership, but Reynolds isn’t as bad as you make him out to be. He’s not great defensively, but last season was an anomaly. His strikeout rate is down and he’s learning to hit the other way.

      Besides, if you can drive in 86 runs for the Orioles, you’re better at the plate than most.

    • rockthered1286 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Scouting has been completely revamped this past offseason. The organization is solely a reflection of the owner who refuses to spend a penny, even if it earns him a dollar in the end.

      Point in case: next season should turn up a fair amount of FA pitchers, many with the potential to be a #1 on the O’s (assuming Matusz doesn’t have a come back year). Will Ange-lose spend on any? Of course. But will he overpay, which is the only way you convince anyone to come here? Snowballs chance in hell.

      I’m convinced he’s killing the team to move them. No other logical explanation.

      • dcfan4life - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        Move them where? And with a solid fan base even still, a beautiful park, and most of the owners never sided with Angelos, that maybe a stretch. I think he will eventually sell, hopefully sooner rather than later.

      • DJ MC - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Angelos is a Baltimore guy. He grew up in Greektown, went to law school at (what is now) the University of Baltimore, and is a major philanthropist. He bought the team to keep it away from out-of-town ownership* following previous mediocre ownership from EBW and Eli Jacobs.

        He’s already barely able to keep his reputation as a great man for the city of Baltimore ahead of that as a terrible owner of the Orioles. There isn’t a chance in hell he’s trying to move the club, even without considering all of the other issues involved in that plan.

        Interestingly, the other group bidding for the Orioles in the 1993 bankruptcy auction (the out-of-town group) was headed by Bill DeWitt. He proceeded to buy the Cardinals and remade that organization back into a premiere franchise in MLB.

      • stinkfist5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        DJ, I thought Angelos was from Pittsburgh? I always thought he was destroying the Orioles, so us Ravens fans would have to suffer.

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        DJ and DCFan- It was total sarcasm. I can never imagine Angelos moving the team, especially with the history Baltimore baseball has. I’m just literally to the point where I’m grasping at straws trying to find the answer to the bigest mystery in Baltimore: Why won’t Angelos open his wallet to save this team? The attendance has become embarrassingly low, we’re the laughing stock of baseball, hell, even the Pirates and Royals are in better shape these days! Our ability to draft good players is finally starting to come around so it seems, but is this fan base really patient enough to wait 4 or 5 more years to see results? I think that we can tolerate this season and give these young guns one more shot to prove their value and if it all blows up in our face? I think Angelos has no other option than to spend or some serious chaos will ensue.

  8. dowhatifeellike - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    It used to be a thing, 10-20 years ago, where the people the Orioles traded or let go as FAs bounced back, had a decent career, and hurt the O’s when they came back to town.

    The guys they’ve had lately aren’t even good enough to that.

  9. tomtravis76 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    At what point does Bud, the commish, actually realize that it just can’t be good for baseball that a franchise, who was once thought of as a model franchise of MLB is a total joke? Can’t he along with other owners step in for the good of the game and force a sale of the franchise? Angelos is fine with the way the team performs and has been losing for all but three seasons of his ownership. Take the team away from Angelos, he is 1a to Irsay in Baltimore Sports villan history.

  10. watermelon1 - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    So they plan to play who at third if they trade Reynolds? Josh Bell? Just when you think they couldn’t get worse…

  11. DJ MC - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    If you look at Reynolds’ defensive numbers last year, in half of a season (he played most of the second half at first base) he was twice as bad as any other full season in his career. And that “twice as bad” goes for pretty much all of his traditional defensive numbers, too. Since his reputation was as a below-average third-baseman, I think that even by the eye test he was twice as bad.

    So, why does everyone want to use his 2011 season as a baseline? Even most Orioles fans want to claim him as historically bad instead of just having a historically-bad season.

    He’s going to surprise a lot of people this year.

    As for Gregg…good riddance. He was not only considered a bad contract when he signed, he managed to pitch poorly in the worst possible way (his “closer mentality” is to be a nibbling coward on the mound), and lash out at the fans and media for criticizing his performance.

    The team keeps trying to push a “he’s a mentor to the young pitchers” storyline, but if he’s teaching them to pitch like he does I don’t want him anywhere near Jim Johnson.

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