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Orioles decline $11 million option on Mark Reynolds, exercise option on Luis Ayala (UPDATED)
Orioles decline $11 million option on Mark Reynolds, exercise option on Luis Ayala (UPDATED)

First baseman Mark Reynolds, an integral part of the Orioles' best season in 15 years, said he wasn't surprised that the team declined its $11 million option on him for 2013, but he made it clear that he still wants to remain in Baltimore. In declining Reynolds' option — a move the team announced Wednesday — the Orioles must pay Reynolds a $500,000 buyout, but he still has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining. So the team can retain Reynolds for next season, provided it tenders him a contract by the Nov. 30 deadline. “We’ll see what happens then,” Reynolds said Wednesday. “If they non-tender me and I’m a free agent, it would...

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