Baltimore Orioles decline Mark Reynolds $11 million option for 2013

November 01, 2012 | Josh Michael

As most of you have heard by now, at least if you are a true Orioles fan and not a bandwagon fan (of which I have met way too many of the course of the season) the O’s declined the $11 million option for Mark Reynolds.

I am tired of hearing about how stupid or dumb of a move this was. In today’s world, we all know how important saving money is, and that is exactly what the Baltimore Orioles are doing here. I am a big Mark Reynolds fan because he gave us (Baltimore) exactly what we wanted when we signed him: homeruns and strikeouts. On the plus side, he is now a first base defensive wiz, but he is still not worth $11 million a year and I guarantee you, unless the Red Sox simply let their money burn a hole in their pocket, there is not a team that would pay Reynolds $11 million a year.

I firmly believe that Reynolds will be on first base for the Birds on opening day in 2013. The O’s will likely not offer him arbitration and let him hit the free agent market to allow him to find his worth. Reynolds will give the Orioles the opportunity to match or beat the best offer he receives and as long as the price is right, the O’s will bring him back.

What if Reynolds leaves? Chris Davis plays first base and the DH spot becomes open which could be beneficial for guys like Nolan Reimold who can’t seem to stay healthy or Wilson Betemit. That would also allow the O’s to go after an outfielder in the off-season, such as resigning Nate McLouth, hit the free agent market (for the love of Natty Boh’s please don’t sign Nick Swisher) or attempt a trade.

Let me know what you think, post a comment and let the debate rage on!

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