Reynolds back with Orioles? Don't bet on it

Reynolds back with Orioles? Don't bet on it
January 13, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Baltimore Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds (12) singles in the sixth inning of game one of the 2012 ALDS against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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One of the many free agents who hasn’t yet signed with a major league team is Mark Reynolds. The Orioles have shown interest in Mark Reynolds, according to CBSsports.com. They’re one of several teams, including the Nationals, Yankees, Twins and Rangers.

Reynolds is a free agent after spending the last six weeks of the 2013 season with the Yankees. He was let go by Cleveland after he fell into a horrendous slump.

The Orioles weren’t interested in Reynolds last August nor did they show much interest in him after the 2012 season. They declined a hefty option for him, told him they’d leave the light on for him after he wasn’t offered a contract, and he quickly signed with the Indians.

Reynolds’ use would be as a right-handed designated hitter. Even though he played an acceptable first base late in 2012, his play at third base was awful.

The Orioles have Chris Davis at first and Manny Machado at third. They wouldn’t want to use Reynolds at third in case Machado isn’t ready to start the season.

Reynolds made $7.5 million in 2012, and signed for $6 million last year. He’s unlikely to make anything close to that in 2014.