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The case for Reynolds in 2013


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Obviously Reynolds is an imperfect solution at first base, but I'm not sure there are better alternatives. Much to Roy Firestone's chagrin, I think he's our best option next year (and possibly the year after that).

The in house alternatives are Betemit and Davis. Both may be able to provide similar offensive numbers, and at a cheaper cost, but won't provide the same defense.

The free agent alternatives are equally underwhelming: Carlos Pena, Lyle Overbay, Casey Kotchman, James Loney. The only decent free agent possibility is Mike Napoli, who will probably cost way more than makes sense for the O's--three years minimum, probably more like four.

In the best of all possible worlds, DD makes a trade for a young first baseman, but surveying the minors, this seems like a pipe dream.

Which leads us back to the devil we know: Mark Reynolds. Reynolds provides solid defense and decent offensive numbers with the potential for more. Plus, he's awesome.

Reynold's 2013 team option for $11 million almost certainly won't be exercised. He has a $500k buyout. Is it legal to approach Reynolds and tell him: "Hey, we think highly of you as a player and like what you bring to the ball club but we can't afford to pay you 11 million. If you opt out of the contract, we'll give you $5 million next year. We hope to see you back," or something along those lines?

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Obviously Reynolds is an imperfect solution at first base, but I'm not sure there are better alternatives. Much to Roy Firestone's chagrin, I think he's our best option next year (and possibly the year after that).

The in house alternatives are Betemit and Davis. Both may be able to provide similar offensive numbers, and at a cheaper cost, but won't provide the same defense.

The free agent alternatives are equally underwhelming: Carlos Pena, Lyle Overbay, Casey Kotchman, James Loney. The only decent free agent possibility is Mike Napoli, who will probably cost way more than makes sense for the O's--three years minimum, probably more like four.

In the best of all possible worlds, DD makes a trade for a young first baseman, but surveying the minors, this seems like a pipe dream.

Which leads us back to the devil we know: Mark Reynolds. Reynolds provides solid defense and decent offensive numbers with the potential for more. Plus, he's awesome.

Reynold's 2013 team option for $11 million almost certainly won't be exercised. He has a $500k buyout. Is it legal to approach Reynolds and tell him: "Hey, we think highly of you as a player and like what you bring to the ball club but we can't afford to pay you 11 million. If you opt out of the contract, we'll give you $5 million next year. We hope to see you back," or something along those lines?

It's a team option. Others here have convinced me that we can take him to arbitration if we would like to sign him for less than this year.

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It's a team option. Others here have convinced me that we can take him to arbitration if we would like to sign him for less than this year.

Reynolds seems to like it here (I have no proof of that, but it sounded good.)

In the event that Duquette wants him back AND Reynolds wants to be back ......... perhaps he can sit down with Duquette, and they can work out something reasonable without even having to bother with the arbitration.

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I was talking to my Dad about the O's and his team the Angels today and he asked what our holes were. When I took him through the line up we talked about Reynolds and I told him how his power numbers were off but how I've really been impressed with his improved defense and how he continues to get on base. My Dad made a comparison to Steve Garvey defensively. Garvey started out at 3B for the Dodgers and was horrible by all accounts. They moved him to 1B and the rest was history.

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I was talking to my Dad about the O's and his team the Angels today and he asked what our holes were. When I took him through the line up we talked about Reynolds and I told him how his power numbers were off but how I've really been impressed with his improved defense and how he continues to get on base. My Dad made a comparison to Steve Garvey defensively. Garvey started out at 3B for the Dodgers and was horrible by all accounts. They moved him to 1B and the rest was history.

Uh, Garvey had a career average of .294. Reynolds is hitting .220. Other then that, that's a great comparison.

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I was talking to my Dad about the O's and his team the Angels today and he asked what our holes were. When I took him through the line up we talked about Reynolds and I told him how his power numbers were off but how I've really been impressed with his improved defense and how he continues to get on base. My Dad made a comparison to Steve Garvey defensively. Garvey started out at 3B for the Dodgers and was horrible by all accounts. They moved him to 1B and the rest was history.
Uh, Garvey had a career average of .294. Reynolds is hitting .220. Other then that, that's a great comparison.

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Mark Reynolds is hitting 218 with an obp of 334. He is slugging 399. He has 12 homeruns and 42 rbis. That's worth about 1 million imo. If you accept the fact that this is a career bad year and he'll bounce back, you may give him a salary of about 5 million for one year but nothing more then that

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