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Orioles don't tender Mark Reynolds a contract for 2013 season

Orioles don't tender Mark Reynolds a contract for 2013 season

The Orioles never doubted that Mark Reynolds was a valuable piece to last season's success. But the $9 million Reynolds figured to make through the arbitration process simply didn't fit within the team's numbers crunch. They already declined Reynolds' $11 million club option for 2013 -- instead giving the 29-year-old first baseman a $500,000 buyout -- and Friday night, as the midnight deadline to tender contracts came and went, the Orioles chose not to offer Reynolds a contract. The move immediately made Reynolds, who distinguished himself as a fine defensive first baseman once he was moved there in mid-May, a free agent open to contract dialogue with any major...

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