With the signing of Vladimir Guerrero to DH, Luke Scott has been pushed back to left field for Baltimore. That's set up a position battle between Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold for a backup outfield spot.
While Pie appears to have the lead on such a spot due to his ability to play center, Reimold isn't ruling out beating Pie out for a spot -- or joining the club as a fifth outfielder.
"I plan on making it a hard decision to send me down to Norfolk," he told MASN Sports. "I'm going to try to make the team and I want to be on the team."
Reimold opened last season as the starting left fielder after booting Felix Pie from that designation in 2009. However, Reimold, who impressed many in 411 plate appearances in 2009, mustered just three home runs in 131 plate appearances and a .207/.282/.328 line. He was sent down to the farm and learned first base and then spent the offseason working out with Brady Anderson. Now, Reimold feels ready to reclaim the luster he lost.
"I've been out here working out and doing things outside, sprinting a lot, and I'm a lot stronger than I was last year," Reimold said. "I'm in a lot better shape physically than I was last year. And I'm working on my swing, too. I've got a few little different things going on with that. I'm pretty confident it's going to work out well for me during the season."
-- Evan Brunell