Both are now free agents
Fans held onto hope until the clock finally struck midnight, that Baltimore and Reynolds would be able to get something done, but the Orioles had no intention of doing so. According to Reynolds, the O's never negotiated or presented him with any type of offer and executive VP/GM Dan Duquette didn't contact Reynolds until late last night to inform him the Orioles were non-tendering him. Although Mark said the right things in that he would not rule out a return to Baltimore, there is no way he comes back now without even being contacted before the arbitration deadline to attempt to work something out. The Orioles basically said, "it was nice having you for a couple of years, but good luck."
It is a shame, I was a big Reynolds fan. All he did was exactly what Baltimore got him for, hit home runs, walk, and strike out. There is something to be said about a guy who actually does the job he was signed to do. Chris Davis will now, unless the Orioles make a move during the winter meetings next week, become that starting first baseman and newly acquired Danny Valencia and Wilson Betemit will likely split the DH role.
The Orioles also non-tendered two others last night in Omar Quintanilla and Stu Pomeranz, both of which are no surprises.
Baltimore did, as expected, offer contracts to Davis, Matt Wieters, Jason Hammel, Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter, Brian Matusz, Troy Patton, Nolan Reimold, Taylor Teagarden, Steve Pearce and Alexi Casilla.
Duquette and the Orioles also made a trade yesterday as they acquired utility man Yamaico Navarro from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league RHP Jhondaniel Medina. It is a shame to see Medina go, as from what I personally saw of him I liked, but that is baseball. The 25 year old Navarro has had brief stints in the big leagues with Boston, Kansas City and Pittsburg, but is a career .279 hitter in seven minor league seasons and has played everywhere in the field except for 1B, CF, C and pitcher obviously. He has a little bit of extra base power and is a solid defensive player, but has not been able translate his minor league success in the big leagues.
The winter meetings will take place next week in Nashville, TN and that will be the tell all week for Orioles fans who want to see Baltimore do something….anything that makes them believe the O's are going to try and better themselves. In years past, many of the big name free agents sign during the winter meetings and some of the biggest trades take place as well. Do the Orioles and Duquette have an ace up their sleeve? We hope so.
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