The 2012 arbitration deadline is tonight at midnight and several teams around the league, including the Baltimore Orioles have some decisions to make. Of course, here in Baltimore, the biggest decision is in regards to Mark Reynolds.
The Orioles have been firm all offseason to not go to arbitration with Reynolds, so it had been reported that Baltimore was trying to work out a new deal with the first baseman. Perhaps those reports were false, as Reynolds, in an interview with MASN, stated:
"I haven't heard anything, and by not hearing anything at this point, I would assume that I'll be gone. That would be my guess."
I would agree with Reynolds, if the Orioles have not really attempted to contact him and his agent to work out a new deal, his time with the Orioles has come to an abrupt end. If Mark does not get a new deal signed by midnight tonight, he will become a free agent on Saturday and be saying goodbye to a front office that obviously does not appreciate what he has done for the Orioles. Baltimore would likely have to pay Reynolds around $9 million a year which is not that much in baseball terms, especially considering this team gave Vlad Guerrero $8 million a couple seasons ago. Reynolds made it pretty clear that if he becomes a free agent, his odds of returning to Baltimore are slim to none.
"Obviously, I'd explore my options, and my home is in Arizona, so it would be nice to have spring training out there. I could live there an extra two months."
It will be interesting to see what happens with Reynolds, but the question is if the Orioles let him go, is the alternative better? We sort of tackled that question yesterday in our breakdown of the Danny Valencia acquisition.
The O's have 14 players that are arbitration eligible players. Those who are expected to receive arbitration offers are: Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Jason Hammel, Troy Patton, Darren O'Day, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Nolan Reimold and Alexi Casilla, who the Orioles recently acquired.
Along with Reynolds, others that are likely to be non-tendered, or not offered arbitration will be Steve Pearce, Omar Quintanilla, and Taylor Teagarden.
Today and tonight should be entertaining to see what decisions teams around the league make in regards to their arbitration eligible players, especially Baltimore with all eyes being on Reynolds.
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