While I’m out in the open humbling myself, I should also admit to being wrong when I said that the Birds missed Reynolds back in May when he started the season on an absolute tear. It’s a long season and Reynolds fall back to earth very quickly.
After hitting .098/.233/.098 in 60 plate appearances in July, the Indians DFA’ed their 30 year old third baseman. Reynolds signed a one-year, $6 million deal in Cleveland after his $11 million club option wasn’t picked up by the O’s last offseason.
It wasn’t meant to be for Reynolds in Baltimore and Dan Duquette made the right decision to move on. But now that he’s available on the cheap, Reynolds could be a safe, valuable option for the Orioles lineup heading into the final stretch of the season. I’m not the only one that wants to see a reunion, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe could see the Reynolds coming back to Baltimore.
Reynolds was designated for assignment by the Indians last week after he hit .098 in July and .187 since May 1. Reynolds carried the Orioles lineup late last season and Baltimore may again have interest given its need for a DH and Reynolds’s success under Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley. Though they are looking for a righthanded power bat, the Red Sox don’t see Reynolds as a fit because of his poor defense and high strikeout rate.
The O’s have struggled immensely against left handed pitching this season, hitting .247/.293/.407 against southpaws. Reynolds has hit .237/.363/.480 against lefties over his seven seasons in the big leagues and hit six of his 15 homers in 107 at-bats against lefty pitching in 2013.
Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN tweets that the O’s “do have interest” in bringing back Reynolds, however Duquette has refused to comment.
I feel like I can’t conclude this blogpost until noting that Cafardo’s column focused on a Red Sox-Dodgers World Series matchup. Am I the only one that thinks its way too early to be crowning either of these two teams?
I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised. This is the same town that dubbed the 2011 Red Sox the “Best Team Ever” before a pitch was even thrown that season.