A good number of folks in Baltimore are already missing Mark Reynolds, but probably not nearly as much as J.J. Hardy. At a charity event on Tuesday, Hardy spoke candidly about Reynolds’ departure and his disappointment in the team’s decision to let him walk.
“He wanted to come back,” Hardy said according to MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko. “The thing is, I think he would have signed for less money to come back here. It will be interesting to see what happens. I think we’ll all miss him, for sure.”
Defensively, he’s right. Reynolds played Gold Glove caliber first base according to Hardy.
“I’ve talked to him, not as much since he signed with them, but I was talking to him a lot before that. There were a lot of teams showing interest in him. And I still thought there was a chance we’d get him back.”
Dan Duquette said the Orioles liked Reynolds, but weren’t big fans of his contract. Hardy seems to think he would’ve taken a discount to remain with the O’s. He signed a one-year, $6 million deal. I’m not sure how much less he really could have taken.