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MacPhail: O's making progress on Reynolds deal (updated)

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said this morning that the Orioles are getting closer to a deal that will land them slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

According to several sources, the deal is expected to be finalized before the end of the day.

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There's been no confirmation on who would be going back to the Diamondbacks, but the belief is that relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio likely would be in a deal if it gets done.

"We're making progress," MacPhail said. "Don't have anything finalized yet, but making progress."

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Asked again if he feels the trade talks are leading to a conclusion, MacPhail said, "You never know until it's over. You just don't know until it's done. I'm just talking from experience. A lot of these things you think you're marching toward a certain conclusion and it just doesn't turn out. Until it's finalized, we'll see.

"We have a few things going. You never really know when you're going to reach across and do something. We have a variety of things. What comes to fruition when, you just don't know. You only really influence half that equation."

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