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Orioles, Nolan Reimold avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 11, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

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The Orioles announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with Nolan Reimold by agreeing to a one-year contract. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that he’ll make $1 million in 2013.

Reimold was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old got off to a hot start last season, hitting .313 (21-for-67) with five home runs and a .960 OPS over his first 16 games, but he didn’t play another game after April 30 due to a herniated disk in his neck. He ultimately opted for season-ending surgery in June after multiple epidural injections failed to do the job, but he’s expected to be ready for spring training.

Reimold owns a .261/.338/.455 batting line and .794 OPS over first four seasons in the majors, but he hasn’t played more than 89 games in a season since 2009. If all goes according to plan, he’ll get at-bats between left field, first base and the DH spot in 2013.

  1. tuberippin - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    $1mil for 1yr is a hell of a deal for the O’s, even if Reimold can’t stay healthy all year.

  2. bmoreballers - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    That’s a big if because he can’t stay on the field. I wish the O’s would grow a pair and make a splash this offseason. You gave us fans a taste last year and now you got us wanting more. Those 20-30 bombs Reynolds gave us aren’t going to hit themselves cough cough Justin upton… Well anyone at this point (except thome)

    • tuberippin - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      If Reimold can continue with the approach he had at the plate this past season before succumbing to injury, he could put up a better overall stat line than Mark Reynolds, albeit perhaps with a lower HR ceiling (15-20, Markakis range) but also likely a better average and OBP.

      As for the lack of moves by the O’s…I mean, they did lock up Adam Jones during this past season. Not like there’s a bevy of attractive FAs to pick from at this point anyway. You’ve got your all-glove, no-bat infielders (O-Dawg, Theriot, Freddy Sanchez, Willie Harris, Adam Kennedy, Ronny Cedeno), your washed-up former hitters (Scott Rolen, Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, Carlos Lee, Kelly Johnson, Chone Figgins), DH liabilities (Thome <3, Hafner, Luke Scott), and catchers who can either catch well but not hit well, or hit well but not catch well.

      Unless they're looking to give up the compensation necessary to get Michael Bourn on a short-term deal so he can re-establish his market value in the future (since he won't be getting anywhere near the money he expected coming into the offseason), I don't see what they could do to improve their on-field product right now. Maybe wait and sign some more guys (Delmon Young perhaps?) on minor-league deals like they did with McLouth and Lew Ford last year. Schoop, Delmonico and Gausman are probably another year or two away, and while Bundy might get a shot this season, he's still very young, very raw, and no guarantee to be an immediate upgrade to their rotation even with his immense talent.

  3. rockthered1286 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Nobody agrees with me but I’m telling you- Duke has his eye on Luke Scott to DH. He’s gonna be dirt cheap, great clubhouse guy, and last year hit 18 bombs in half a season. He could easily match Reynolds bombs and most likely his BA as well.

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