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Reynolds to play third for Orioles

Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:13 pm
 
Reynolds The Orioles are excited about the addition of Mark Reynolds and envision him being a fixture at third base.

Yes, third base. Those that were thinking Reynolds could be shifted to first to make room for Josh Bell -- well, think again.

MLB.com 's Britt Ghiroli relays words from GM Andy McPhail that Reynolds' defense is improving and he thinks that the third baseman will bounce back from 2010's .198/.320/.433 showing -- especially since Reynolds' character scored strongly in their research.

Meanwhile, Bell's future is murkier. The O's are expected to listen to offers for Bell in trades, but it's just as likely the O's hang onto Bell and ship him to Triple-A. Bell could also switch positions, perhaps to first base if Brandon Snyder doesn't work out as the future. Don't expect an immediate switch however, as Baltimore is determined to get a "real" first baseman, not someone like Ty Wigginton or shifting Luke Scott to the position.

There are tons of teams who need first basemen and some solid names out on the market, so that may take some time to develop.

The next task on the docket for McPhail is finding a way to replace David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio -- the cost for Reynolds -- out of the bullpen and while nothing is expected to come to fruition on Monday, a deal could soon be on the way.

-- Evan Brunell

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