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The Orioles want Mark Reynolds back for some reason

Aug 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EST

Mark Reynolds was just DFA’d by the Indians. Now some old friends may want to bring him back into the fold:

 

I guess people skew optimistic and they choose to remember the good stuff (Reynolds’ great power and nice defense at 1B down the stretch last season) and forget the bad stuff (basically everything about Reynolds’ game except for his power and a nice fluky run).

  1. gammagammahey - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I do hope that he’s gotten his sight back.

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/a/19409

  2. biasedhomer - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Why is there a “for some reason” in the title?
    Obviously he wouldn’t be starting over Machado or Davis, but he would be a much better option at DH than Reimold.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      I’m not so sure about this… Mark Reynolds had a .098 average AND slugging in July! That was only 51 AB’s, but in June he had 91 AB’s with a .187 average and a .258 slugging. His only even passable month was April, and it was a FANTASTIC April that he could never replicate probably

      • humpalumpagus - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Hanmyofdoom, I respectfully disagree with your point about Reynolds replicating his April. The biggest thing about Reynolds right now is his unpredictability. Look at last season- almost all of his power production came in September. His terrible split line this year is less representative of a decline in skill than an increasingly bad streakiness (like the flip side of Pedro Alvarez). Thus, in theory, he could play at an elite Miguel Cabrera-esque level down the stretch or… like Jeff Francoeue

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Of course he’s a better option than Reimold. He’s on the DL and out for the season.

      • joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Maybe even his MLB career…

    • everon63 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Do any of you remember that reimold is and has been on the DL? We had him and let him go because he sucked then and still does! But we know how duquette is, the ultimate dumpster diver! Would not suprise me,but I sure hope not.

    • jrbiagiotti - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Well because Reimold is out for the season anybody would be better at DH, simply because he’s not playing… I like Urrutia and Pierce has been on the struggle bus all season. Reynolds could be a solid pinch hitter or regular DH if he proves he can be consistent

  3. drinkpeepee - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    O’s DH situation isn’t much better than what Reynolds has to offer, not to mention his locker room rep with this team. Oh and there’s the late-August/early-September TEAR he went on after posting bad stats all summer last year. 8/31/12 through 9/8/12 he put up 9 HR and 17 RBI. Year before he had a similarly-impressive streak in mid-to-late September. Same thing late-August 2010. He has a productive run in him late every season. O’s need an option to platoon at DH vs. LHP. Enter: Sheriff.

  4. 18thstreet - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Dan Duquette likes to compile a lot of players and then hope that some of them can contribute. His roster churn in Boston was remarkable.

  5. theinconvienenttruth - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Mark Reynolds would be an upgrade over Steve Pearce IMO. I would look into much of what he has done recently, he would be in a better lineup with the O’s. Not to mention Camden Yards is a much better hitter’s park than Progressive. Urruita and Reynolds as platoons would be much more solid than what we’ve had all year at DH.

  6. kevinravens1 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    PLEASE make this happen Dan Duquette

    • everon63 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      WOW, really, pass the joint!

  7. garryfish - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    It will be interesting to see if the Yankees not claim him and let him go to the O’s.

  8. dowhatifeellike - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I’ll take a slap hitter like Uruttia at DH over an all-or-nothing guy like Reynolds. Reynolds gives you an incredible number of unproductive atbats; he’s Pete Incavelia 2.0.

  9. Arods Other Doctor - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Reynolds has tremendous talent and the “for some reason” indicates an ignorance of that. Guys can suck in all sorts of ways, but if they have that potential they’re going to keep getting chances. I’m not saying it’s right and I’m not saying I would want him any kind of leverage situation for my team, but that’s the reality. I think it is true at every level at every sport … people just love “potential”.

    • psuorioles - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Tremendous talent??? That’s a bit aggressive, don’t ya think?

      • humpalumpagus - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Nah not really… In 2009, he hit 44 home runs with 24 stolen bases. He hit 37 home runs as recently as 2011.

      • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Let me ask you … how many guys have you *ever* seen hit a HR one-handed? And have you seen his defensive highlight reel? No, I do not think “tremendous talent” is at all aggressive. I don’t think you’ve really watched him play, you just see his terrible numbers.

        It’s not that I love him, it’s that when players make plays that 95% of MLB players cannot physically make, they’re going to keep getting chances, even when they suck it up a majority of the time.

      • psuorioles - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        ARods Other Doctor: You don’t think I’ve seen Reynolds play?? He was on the O’s for two seasons and I rarely miss a game whether it’s in person or watching on TV, so yes I’ve watched him play 90% of his games. With that said, I will have to say the Tremendous Talent is aggressive in explaining Reynolds. Yeah sure he has the potential to hit the long ball, but that all he brings to the table AND most of his HR’s during his time came when it really didn’t matter. Oh and you want to talk about his defense… he is god awful in the field, sure he played better at 1st, but still is a liability in the field no matter where he plays. If he was such a Tremendous Talent, why didn’t the O’s resign him at a lesser salary last year and why did Cleveland DFA him during the middle of playoff run???

    • missingdiz - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Reynolds has a great talent for striking out: 5 K’s for every home run, even in his 44-HR year when he got his average over .250. I don’t see how the rest of the team can stand to watch him strike out so much; it must be demoralizing.

  10. allmyexsliveintexas - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Orioles need a backup 1B to occasionally spell Chris Davis. Current 1B backup is Ryan Flaherty (a 2nd baseman). On those days, Davis then moves to DH.

    • randomdigits - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Markakis would go to first before Flaherty.

      • bmoreblackbirds - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Flaherty just started at first maybe a week ago…

  11. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Not sure why Bowden says IF the Indians secure trade waivers. Doesn’t DFA mean they pretty much intend to drop him? I highly doubt anybody is going to pick up the last 7 weeks of his $6mil salary when they can just wait for him to pass through waivers and is released.

  12. janessa31888 - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    And to think back in May we were begging the Indians to extend him. He was going to earn himself a big contract and be the power bat we so badly need. But, like everything else in Cleveland, he flopped.

  13. blue21c - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Adios to the strikeout king. The breeze will be a little lighter in Cleveland!

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