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Orioles, Athletics interested in Reynolds

Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:35 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 5:53 pm
Reynolds As Kevin Towers continues to settle in as Arizona Diamondbacks general manager, there's one major problem.

Tower's hasn't pulled off a big trade yet.

OK, so he's made one small trade (Juan Miranda from the Yankees for prospect Scott Allen), but that's it. And that's not Towers' M.O., especially as he works to address Arizona's problems with striking out far too much.

Mark Reynolds is the poster boy for strikeouts, setting the single-season record for whiffs in 2008 with 204 -- and breaking it in 2009 with 223 punchouts. In 2010, he fell in between both years with 211 whiffs. (Whew -- thank goodness Reynolds only has three full years in the bigs -- not sure what fourth adjective could be used for strikeouts.)

Reynolds is coming off a brutal year where he hit just .198, but made up for it with a .320 OBP and 32 home runs. However, that's a far cry from 2009's .260/.349/.543 mark and 44 home runs. He's an elite power bat, but his strikeouts are just too staggering to ignore.

Power is in demand, however, and there are teams interested. Jayson Stark of ESPN hears that the A's are interested despite Oakland landing on Reynolds' no-trade list. In an interesting twist, Stark notes that there is "no indication [the A's would] have interest if they weren't" on the no-trade list.

Huh. Hearing that makes one recall the words of agent Don Nomura , speaking about how Oakland's trade talks broke down with Japanese client Hisanori Takahashi. Nomura said that the club's five-year, $64 million offer to Adrian Beltre was simply a PR move.

Another team interested in the third baseman's services are the Orioles, who may have soured on Josh Bell slightly after his rough introduction to the majors. An alternative that the O's may be thinking, however, is shifting Reynolds to first.

As Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes, free agents consistently walk away from any offers the Orioles tender, in large part to the club's history of not contending ever since Jeffrey Maier stole a postseason victory for New York back in 1996. It doesn't help that Baltimore plays in an AL East in which all four of its contemporaries finished above .500.

Reynolds is a near lock to be traded this offseaosn, and while other teams are likely in on the hunt, it makes too much sense for Baltimore to emerge as the victor.

-- Evan Brunell

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