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It's obvious: Reynolds and Orioles are great fit


It's obvious: Reynolds and Orioles are great fit

Mark Reynolds wants to come back. The Orioles want him back.

So what’s the problem?

Reynolds’ $11 million option wasn’t going to be picked up. That wasn’t a surprise. It’s not a surprise that the Orioles would want him back.

Now, the negotiating begins.

It’s doubtful the Orioles wouldn’t tender him a contract. Why should they let Reynolds go as a free agent.

They don’t want to go to arbitration with him, either. It’s one thing to go to arbitration with Brad Bergesen, whose agent had the gall to ask for a tripling of his salary after going 2-7. It’s another to argue against a player who moved positions and became a valuable asset at first base.

On Aug. 5, Reynolds was batting .203 with eight home runs. After pleading his way back to third base, Reynolds didn’t play any better there in 2012 than he had in 2011.

During the rest of the season, Reynolds’ play at first base improved markedly and he became a good defensive first baseman.

His bat perked up, too. He had 15 home runs in the last two months of the season to end with 23 and a .221 average.

The Orioles don’t feel those stats are worth $11 million. Some have guessed that Reynolds could yield nearly $9 million in arbitration. That may be too rich for the Orioles, too. Reynolds made $7.5 million in 2012.

Reynolds is in a great spot. He enjoys playing in Baltimore. He likes being close to his family in Virginia Beach, and he fits nicely, playing cards with J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters.

It’s a thin market for first basemen. If the Orioles non-tendered him, he’d have lots of suitors.

The Orioles don’t have many alternatives. They clearly don’t want Chris Davis or Wilson Betemit playing first, though manager Buck Showalter insists Davis has the ability to play there.

If the Orioles retain Nate McLouth or sign another free agent in left field, there’s talk that Nolan Reimold could play there. Reimold has never played a regular season major league game at first.

There aren’t great choices in the minor leagues. The Orioles didn’t call up Norfolk first baseman Joe Mahoney in September. His place on the 40-man roster is in jeopardy. He’s not going to be the regular.

Aaron Baker, who the Orioles got from Pittsburgh for Derrek Lee in 2011, had 22 home runs in 89 games at Frederick, was promoted to Bowie and was hurt after just two games. He lacks experience.

If the Orioles chose the free agent route, there’s Casey Kotchman, Carlos Lee, James Loney, Lyle Overbay, Carlos Pena, Ty Wigginton and Kevin Youkilis.

Reynolds is probably a better and certainly more youthful option.

All roads lead to Reynolds. The betting is that the two sides compromise just before arbitration with a two-year deal. It’s unlikely that the Orioles want to sign him long-term, but with no first baseman on the horizon, it makes sense to avoid haggling a year from now, too.



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Orioles Roundup: O's drop series opener in Oakland

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Orioles Roundup: O's drop series opener in Oakland

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a six-game losing streak after dropping the opening game of their series 3-2 to the Oakland Athletics.

Here's the lastest news on the Orioles, who are now 21-51:

Player Notes


After missing his previous start against the Red Sox with a "hot spot" on his right middle finger, pitcher Andrew Cashner allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, over six innings on Monday night. In the outing, Cashner gave up four hits and allowed a walk, while striking out two batters. He was not helped by the Orioles' defense, who allowed two unearned runs. Cashner's ERA drops to 4.48 with a 27/11 K/BB ratio and a 1.34 WHIP over 76 1/3 innings.

Hanser Alberto went 1-for-2 with an RBI on Monday night. In the second inning, his RBI gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead on a safety squeeze. Alberto added a single in the seventh inning. The second baseman has displayed some strong play recently and is hitting .312/.329/.385 with three home runs and 20 RBI over 205 at-bats this season.

Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. He is slated to play two games for Norfolk, and if all goes well, the outfielder should rejoin the Orioles on Thursday in Seattle.

The Orioles have purchased the contract of LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk. He holds a 2.48 ERA and 40/11 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings for Norfolk this year. Although Gilmartin has been used mostly in relief over the last few years, he does have plenty of starting experience.

With Gilmartin coming up, OF Joey Rickard has been designated for assignment. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gilmartin. Rickard is a .245/.299/.372 hitter over his four-year career in the majors and likely has a good chance of clearing waivers.


Mike Fiers allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings on Monday night. The right-hander only gave up three hits, while striking out four and walking two. Fiers has gone at least six innings in six consecutive games for the A's and has not allwed more than three runs in any start since April 20.

Marcus Semien went 1-for-2 and scored two runs on Monday night. The shortstop reached based three times, increasing his OBP to .365. Simien is also averaging .280 on the season with a .443 slugging mark. He is currently on a 14-game hitting streak.

Blake Treinen threw a hitless ninth inning with a strikeout on Monday night to pick up the save. The outing saw his season totals rise to 36 stiekouts over 35 1/3 innings, while his ERA dropped 3.31 with 16 saves in 18 chances.


RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland A's, 10:07 p.m., Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland A's, 3:37 p.m., Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Thursday 6/20: Orioles @ Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m., T-Mobile Park

Source: Rotoworld


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Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a five-game losing streak after getting swept by the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

Here's the latest news about the Orioles, who are now 21-50:

Player Notes


In adding to his All-Star caliber season, Trey Mancini hit his 15th home run of the season on Friday. Mancini is averaging .305/.358/.564 this season with the aforementioned 15 home runs and 34 RBI.

RHP Luis Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after surrendering four runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings of work on Friday. He has a 10.80 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP.

To add to the Orioles' pitcher woes, RHP David Hess is being moved the starting rotation into the bullpen. He is 1-9 on the season with a 7.20 ERA in 13 starts and one relief appearance.

Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will go out on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Orioles later this week.

Mychal Givens gave up the game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. The 29-year-old right-hander has converted just 6-of-11 save opportunities this year and owns an undesirable 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 29 innings.

Hanser Alberto went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI singles in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. The infielder is hitting .310/.327/.384 with three home runs and 16 RBI over the course of 56 games played. 


Marcus Walden blew his second save of the season by allowing one run over 1 2/3 innings in Sunday's win. In 39 2/3 innings this season, Walden is pitching to a 2.50 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 43/10 K/BB ratio and has gone 1-of-3 in save chances.

Marco Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Orioles. Hernandez has now picked up six hits (four of the extra-base variety) in 24 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A on June 8.

Chris Sale delivered another dominant performance in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, racking up 10 strikeouts over six innings. Sale now has a 3.49 ERA to go with a 0.97 WHIP and 130/21 K/BB ratio across 90 1/3 innings. 


RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL

SP Andrew Cashner: Knee, sidelined

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up

Monday 6/17: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Source: Rotoworld