After brief stints with Toronto and Arizona, Nolan Reimold is back with the Baltimore Orioles. It just feels right, doesn’t it?
The Birds’ 2005 second round pick, now 31 years old, was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays last July after starting the year in a familiar spot, the disabled list. Reimold spent nine seasons in Baltimore’s organization (five in the majors) and recently inked a minor league deal to return to the City o’ Charm.
On a freezing cold and brutally windy day here in Maryland, Orioles pitchers and catchers (as well as smart position players looking to get out of this horrible cold) reported to spring training in warm, sunny and beautiful Sarasota. Reimold was one of many O’s making an early appearance in camp.
Reimold on return to O's: "I feel a little sense of loyalty to the #Orioles. If I’m going to have a career, this is where I want it to be."
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) February 19, 2015
Reimold slashed .232/.282/.435 with three homers and 13 RBI between the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks in 29 games last season. He’s averaged just 52.75 games per season over the past four years.
Reimold faces an uphill battle this spring, he’ll be competing with Alejandro De Aza, Steve Pearce, Travis Snider, David Lough and potentially even Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez for a spot on the big league roster.