Tag:Nolan Reimold
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:46 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 5:00 pm

Orioles avoid arbitration with Scott

Luke Scott The Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal with, avoiding arbitration, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets.

Scott will make $6.4 million, above the midpoint of his requested $6.85 million and the Orioles' offered $5.7 million.

Scott served mainly as the Orioles' designated hitter last season and was named the team's Most Valuable Player, hitting .284/.368/.535 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI.

The Orioles not only signed Vladimir Guerrero to serve as their primary designated hitter, but also signed Derrek Lee, meaning first base isn't an option for Scott, either.

Scott will likely end up in left field, but that blocks the way for either Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold. Or, Scott could be on the trading block for any team looking for a left-handed bat.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:00 pm

Guerrero signing sets up Pie/Reimold battle

ReimoldWith 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

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:29 pm

O's and Guerrero dancing around the inevitable

Vladimir Guerrero Can Vladimir Guerrero just go ahead and sign with someone so that we can get it over with? He's the last DH to sign and the Orioles are the only real team with interest in the aging slugger.

Anyway, the latest is from Buster Olney of ESPN who tweets : "O's have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more." He also said the next 48 hours will be vital. Could that be a threat from the Orioles to pull their offer and go ahead with Luke Scott back at DH at Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold in the outfield? Scott was good last year as a DH, so the Orioles' decision with Guerrero depends more on their comfort with Pie and Reimold.

Guerrero's choice is pretty much down to the Orioles, who have been offering a reported $3-5 million one-year contract. The Tigers' Dave Dombrowski may speak for the rest of the American League, when told the Detroit News yesterday : "There's not a fit for us. We're not involved with that at all and haven't been."

The only other team with a real opening for a full-time DH could be the Royals, but it's not as if they're going to be handing out big money or multi-year deals. The Blue Jays could return Guerrero to Canada, but they appear to be set with Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind at DH and just got one big-money player off the books and are unlikely looking to add another.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: January 22, 2011 9:47 am

Guerrero bound for Baltimore?

Vladimir Guerrero Could Vladimir Guerrero be close to joining the Orioles?

That's what former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden tweets . Bowden, now working for Sirius XM, says Guerrero is "getting close to accepting humbling deal w O's."

The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly is all for it , writing the Orioles are now in a position to go get Guerrero for $5-$6 million, as the music has come close to stopping on the designate hitter version of musical chairs.

The Rays reportedly landed two DHs on Friday, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, while the Jays added offense in Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli.

The likely suitors appear to be down to the Angels, Rangers and Orioles. The Rangers didn't pick up his option, while the Angles didn't re-sign him after 2009.

Connolly notes the Orioles could move Luke Scott to left field, which would make Felix Pie the fourth outfielder and send Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, something the team could consider anyway.

UPDATE: That's why there was a question mark on the headline (I'm never quite sure what to do with reports from Leatherpants) -- the Orioles' Andy MacPhail denied the Bowden report in an e-mail to MASN.com's Steve Melewski . "Report is not accurate," MacPhail said in the e-mail. Of course, it could just be a differing of opinion on what constitutes "close" or it could be that the Orioles haven't talked to Guerrero.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:16 pm

Bartlett deal to Baltimore now off

While almost assumed to be happening earlier in the day, the Orioles' trade of Nolan Reimold and reliever Alfredo Simon to the Rays for Jason Bartlett have failed apart, the Baltimore Sun writes .

The Orioles were uncomfortable giving up on the 27-year old Reimold so quickly. Reimold has been working out with former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson, who sent back positive reviews (and, hopefully not future positive test results).

General manager Andy MacPhail wouldn't say the deal was dead, but sounded somewhat up-beat about Reimold.

"We have seen two Nolans," MacPhail told the Sun . "We're hopeful that the Nolan we get back will resemble more the 2009 [version] than the 2010 [one]."

Reimold hit .207/.282/.328 with three homers in 39 games with the Orioles before being sent back to Triple-A Norfolk. In 2009, he hit .279/.365/.466 with 15 homers in 104 games in Baltimore.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:59 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 4:37 pm

Reimold-Bartlett talks heating up

The Hot Stove isn't quite enough to keep us warm here in Mouseville, but nothing can help stoke the fire quite like a good ol' baseball trade.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets that the Orioles could send Nolan Reimold to Tampa Bay in return for Jason Bartlett.

Bartlett is obviously a fit for the shortstop-needy Orioles, while Reimold has played left field and first base, but would likely step in at first for the departed Carlos Pena.

Reimold was given the left field job out of spring training last year, but struggled, hitting .207/.282.328 with three home runs in 131 plate appearances. He then went to the minors, where he was moved to first. He hit .249/.364/.374 with 10 home runs for Triple-A Norfolk.

UPDATE: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times tweets it will take more than just Reimold to get the deal done.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : No deal will happen today -- if it happens at all, as MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli reports. The Rays want Alfredo Simon along with Reimold to ship out Bartlett, but that seems to have driven a wedge in talks.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 5:38 pm

Reimold showing progress in minors

Nolan Reimold Nolan Reimold was expected to be Baltimore's starting left fielder after a strong 2009 campaign put him on the map.

Instead, he was demoted to Triple-A in late May after hitting .205/.302/.337 in 96 plate appearances. His struggles have continued in Triple-A, to the tune of .238/.336/.381 in 307 PAs, showing none of the qualities aside from a strong batting eye that made him such an intriguing part of Baltimore's future.

Reimold may be turning things around, having a scorching August thus far, but it may be too little, too late.

"[He’s made] some progress," president of baseball operation's Andy MacPhail told the Baltimore Sun . "Still not where he was, but some progress. Right now, the outfield is just not an area of need. You just want to make sure when you bring people up, there is a reasonable numbers at-bats available.”

Reimold displaced Felix Pie as the starting left-fielder with a .279/.365/.466 mark in 411 plate appearances, knocking 15 home runs.

However, the return of Pie from the disabled list and his continued strong play along with Corey Patterson's renaissane has not given Reimold an opportunity in left. Center and right are entrenched by Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.

Reimold has begun playing first in the hopes that the road back to the majors will be easier. And indeed it might be, as Ty Wigginton, Michael Aubrey and Julio Lugo are not exactly long-term building blocks for the organization. If Reimold can keep up his strong play in August, he may find himself starting for Baltimore in September as the club evaluates its 2011 squad.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:03 pm

This week in free stuff: July 19-26

What's better than a day at the ballpark? A day at the ballpark and free stuff.

I remember as a kid going to a Tidewater Tides (as the Norfolk Tides were called then) and getting a Tides batting glove. I wore that batting glove even though it was for my left hand and I was a left-handed hitter. I loved that thing, with the Tides logo and elastic wristband. Since then, I've loved ballpark giveaways (or SGA as you can find them on eBay) and have a collection of odds and ends such as an Endy Chavez bobblehead or a Macon Braves batting helmet (I only get them now as a paying fan, not as part of the job). As a proud owner of a Savannah Sand Gnats Gnic the Gnat bobblehead, I often check around to see what's being given away at ballparks around the country. So here it is, this week in free stuff, from the majors and minors. Keep in mind, this isn't a complete list, just the ones I find most interesting, and even if many think bobbleheads are passe, I'm still a big fan and you'll see most of them here.

Tonight, July 19
Chicago Cubs -- a Cubs mouse pad… if you still use one of those. Ask your parents, kids.
Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie Appalachian League) -- seat cushion. One of the more underrated and classic give-aways, you don't see them as much anymore, yet your butt could still use a cushion after nine innings.

Tuesday, July 20
Los Angeles Dodgers -- James Loney bobblehead
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- Dustin Pedroia bobblehead
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Southern League) -- logo ball. I'm not usually a big logo ball fan, but this logo is a flying squirrel.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- paint your own Clawd bobblehead. Clawd is the team's mascot.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- eco-friendly cooler bag. I was at a Marlins game once and they gave out gas cans. I'm usually a big fan of practical give-aways, but I didn't take that one.

Brookly Cyclones Wednesday, July 21
Baltimore Orioles -- foam finger. A classic. I'd love to see the foam finger make a comeback, even if a No. 1 is a little unrealistic for the Orioles.
Chicago Cubs -- key chain. This one is actually a nice, simple design, something that can often be done wrong and is done well here.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- "Jersey? Sure!" Jersey. It's actually kinda great. The Cyclones are one of the minor league leaders in both quantity and quality of giveaways.

Manny Ramirez Thursday, July 22
Pittsburgh Pirates -- T-shirt. I don't normally get too excited by free t-shirts, but this one has a nice Pirate theme with a ship and all.
Los Angeles Dodgers -- Manny Ramirez action figure. Action figures are this year's attempt at replacing bobbleheads. The Dodgers went the extra mile and made each of their three action figures as superheroes, but it still doesn't quite work.
Bowie BaySox (Eastern League) -- Nolan Reimold bobblehead. The Orioles prospect is getting his own bobblehead.
Iowa Cubs (Pacific Coast League) -- Casey Blake bobblehead. Blake is an Iowa native.
Portland Sea Dogs (Eastern League) -- Adrian Gonzalez bobblehead.
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas League) -- Aussie hat. Not bad for a day at the beach on North Padre Island.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic Laegue) -- Dusty Wathan bobblehead. Wathan, son of former Royals manager John "Duke" Wathan, was the manager of the BlueClaws last season when the team won the South Atlantic League title and like most of his players, got called up. He's now the manager of the High-A Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies organization.
Great Lakes Loons (Midwest League) -- Bill Freehan bobblehead. The Loons are honoring Tiger legends with bobbleheads this season and Freehan is Michigan through-and-through. Freehan was born in Detroit, played football and baseball at the University of Michigan and then spent his entire 15-year career with the Tigers.
Orem Owlz (Frontier League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead.

Friday, July 23
Evan Longoria Baltimore Orioles -- tankard. More realistic than the foam finger, Orioles fans can drink away their problems in style.
Houston Astros -- gym bag. Again, one of the practical giveaways. I have a Braves bag I still use.
Montgomery Biscuits (Southern League) -- Evan Longoria bobblehead.
Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League) -- Mike Schmidt bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Larry Herndon bobblehead. It's a big week for former Tigers, apparently. Herndon caught the last out of the 1984 World Series.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Fireman Sandy bobblehead. A bobblehead of the mascot Sandy in a fireman's uniform.
Vermont Lake Monsters (New York-Penn League) -- Champ bobblehead. A friend of mine has a large collection of bobbleheads and says the mascot ones go for the most money on the secondary market.

Saturday, July 24
New York Yankees -- lunch box. I love the metal lunch boxes, they're a popular giveaway -- and for good reason.
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians -- Grady Sizemore bobblehead. One of the few chances to see Grady Sizemore in action at Progressive Field.
Houston Astros -- rainbow sleeve t-shirt.
Milwaukee Brewers -- grill master apron.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- wall clock.
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- James Loney bobblehead.
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- beach blanket.
Kinston Indians (Carolina League) -- Lonnie Chisenhall bobblehead. The Indians prospect is nearly ready for the big leagues and he already has a bobblehead.
Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) -- Little Heiskell bobblehead. Little Heiskell is a German soldier weathervane figure that has become a symbol of the city.
Rome Braves (South Atlantic League) -- Tommy Hanson bobblehead.
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- glow-in-the-dark baseball.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League) -- kids fielding glove giveaway. As a kid, these always kinda bummed me out, because it's not like they have a left-handed option. Sure, they're never good enough to actually use, but that's little consolation to a sad little left-handed kid.
Everett AquaSox (Northwest League) -- fleece blanket. One of my favorites, although many teams are moving toward Snuggie-like blankets instead of the usual throw.

Sunday, July 25
Philadelphia Phillies -- Chase Utley action figure. Like the real Utley, this one no longer has a cast on his hand.
Milwaukee Brewers -- Robin Yount bobblehead. Not only is Yount wearing a great old Brewers uniform, the Yountstache is in full effect.
Albuquerque Isotopes (Pacific Coast League) -- Orbit bobblehead. Another great mascot bobblehead. Most minor league mascots are better in bobblehead form than mascot form.
Reno Aces (Pacific Coast League) -- skateboard deck. Another new one this season, the Aces deck is one of the best.
New Britain Rock Cats (Eastern League) -- paint your own bobblehead.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (South Atlantic League) -- Chris Coghlan figurine.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) -- lunch box.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- Skipper leg lamp bobblehead. It's the leg of the mascot, Skipper, and it's a leg lamp, just like Cleveland's own A Christmas Story.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Allie Gator bobblehead.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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