Last week, it was Black Friday. Every week in the fall, Baltimore celebrates Purple Friday. This could be a black Friday for a lot of Orioles fans. This could be the Friday when the Orioles lose Mark Reynolds.
When Adam Jones was reminded on Thursday that the team won’t be the same in 2013 as it was in 2012, he agreed. “It never is,” he said.
The most prominent player from last year’s team to depart was Robert Andino. Reynolds may follow.
If both Andino and Reynolds are gone, Orioles fans will have to come to grips that we’re no longer in 2012.
While Nate McLouth and Joe Saunders also are unlikely to return, they weren’t with the club as long as the Andino and Reynolds.
Of course, the club could decide to offer Reynolds a contract by late tonight or even work out a contract. The odds are that the Orioles don’t and try to make a deal with Reynolds later.
That probably won’t happen. If there’s no concrete offer late tonight, Reynolds will probably move on.
The Orioles will try and use some of their young pitching to get a first baseman or they’ll look at a thin first base market.
Adam LaRoche is probably too expensive for them, and while Reynolds might prefer to sign with one of the 15 teams that train in Arizona, wouldn’t it be ironic if he ended up with the Boston Red Sox?
The Red Sox are in on LaRoche, but they may try and go four years younger—and a little cheaper with Reynolds. Last season, Reynolds batted .352 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 15 games against Boston and .294 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 15 games with the Yankees.
Reynolds in Boston? That would surely convince the Orioles fan base that we’re not in 2012 anymore.