Orioles land glorified softball ringer Mark Reynolds
By Matt Vensel
Dec 06, 2010 | 7:39 AM
The Orioles just acquired slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds from the Diamondbacks for right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. I haven't gotten a chance to watch Reynolds play very often, but the guy swings for the fences like a beer-bellied rec softball league ringer.
Baltimore was desperate for a corner infielder with power. Reynolds, who has hit 121 homers and knocked in 346 RBIs in four seasons, fits the bill. But he is most famous for his legendary strikeout totals.
Reynolds piled up 223 strikeouts in 2009, the highest single-season total in MLB history -- edging out Mark Reynolds, who struck out 211 times in 2010, and Mark Reynolds, who did it 204 times in 2008.
OK, so Reynolds whiffs a lot, but hey, at least he will show up at every game if the Orioles bring a 30 pack of Milwaukee's Best and let him hit cleanup. You can't beat that, right?
(Just kidding, of course. I have no idea if Reynolds drinks or has played in a neighborhood softball league.)
Trading for Reynolds wasn't a huge splash, but that might be a good thing considering the massive contracts the White Sox and the Nationals gave to Adam Dunn and Jayson Werth, respectively. The 27-year-old fills one hole in the lineup -- two or three more to go! -- and should put a few more fans in the Camden Yards bleachers. Plus, the cost to get him to Baltimore was pretty reasonable.
Hernandez pitched well after the Orioles moved him to the bullpen, and he was touted as a future closer, so he will be missed (his absence puts pressure on the Orioles to bring back Koji Uehara). Mickolio did something to catch the Diamondbacks' attention, but he never impressed me in his limited time here.
Reynolds is no Dunn or Adrian Gonzalez, but what do you think, Baltimore? Do you like the deal?