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Orioles decline $11 million option on Mark Reynolds

Oct 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Mark Reynolds

Baltimore has declined its $11 million team option on Mark Reynolds after he set a career-low in slugging percentage while being moved from third base to first base.

However, because he’s still an arbitration-eligible player Reynolds does not simply become an outright free agent. Instead, as Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports, the Orioles have until November 30 to decide if they want to offer him arbitration.

If they do that, he’d likely get a raise on this year’s $7.5 million salary, but perhaps to a lesser amount than the $11 million option. If instead they non-tender Reynolds the 29-year-old slugger will hit the open market with a $500,000 buyout.

Reynolds would be an interesting free agent because despite hitting just .213 during the past three seasons and striking out as much as any hitter in baseball he’s never posted an OPS below .750 and has 35-homer power. In a weak year for first basemen it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get a multi-year deal from a team in need of right-handed power.

  1. dugldo - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Seattle sure could use his 30+ home runs at furst base. Smoke need to go!

    • missthemexpos - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Are you saying that you would like to see Seattle become Smoke Free!

  2. crisisjunky - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Considering the alternatives, I can see Jeff Luhnow giving Reynolds some play.
    He could bring some valuable assets with him, including A.L. knowledge of pitchers in their new division.
    His slumps aside ,(couldn’t be any worse than Brett Wallace, right?) a little power couldn’t hurt this team.

    • stex52 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      I was thinking something fairly similar. I’m a Wallace doubter, and I don’t think he’ll ever really get the hang of lefthanders. You don’t want a multi-year, because Singleton is coming up from AA. Although maybe at a reasonable price he makes sense as a DH. I could see a year (maybe two) of that. We already have the guys with the low averages. We need a guy who its it hard when he does hit it.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Reynolds isn’t worth it for 30 homers. .220 average, which is also how many times he’ll strike out. He’s bad with RISP and can’t move runners over. I’d gladly take someone who hits .270 with 12 homers and can hit to right field.

  4. tomtravis76 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Give him 3 yrs 27million to remain an Oriole.

  5. badintent - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Yankees must get this guy. He killed them all season.He can take Swisher’s place.same strikeouts, same age, same girlfriend………………………………

    • pisano - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Oh no they don’t, they have way too many strike out artist on that team as it is, last year might be the only year this guy didn’t K 200 times.He can go somewhere else.

  6. lroc20 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Damn she has horrible taste, damn gold diggers

  7. steelers88 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    comon Pirates realease barmes and sign Mark Reynolds

    • pdowdy83 - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      How does Barmes effect Reynolds? They aren’t the same position or anywhere close to the same skill set.

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