Lost in the Jim Johnson trade reaction was the smaller piece of news a few hours earlier. The Orioles re-signed Nolan Reimold.
When Reimold underwent his second surgery in July, the chances of him returning seemed small. Reimold has played in just 56 games the last two years.
But, the Orioles see something in Reimold. At times, he’s been a really good hitter with an ability to get on base. He’s shown some power and speed.
He’s also had a spate of injuries. They like his diligence in rehabbing and how much he wants to play.
They also don’t have another left fielder on the roster, and if Manny Machado starts the season on the disabled list, Danny Valencia will have to play some third base and the team may need a right-handed hitting designated hitter.
Reimold’s contract, reportedly $1.025 million is affordable, and they figure, why not take a small risk on a player they know than a larger one on one they don’t?
While Brian Roberts rehabbed, trying to prove he could still play, the Orioles gave him every opportunity. Of course, their investment in him was much greater. Roberts delivered with a strong second half in 2013, and the Orioles hope that given one more chance, Reimold does the same in 2014.
After all, what’s to lose?