Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is about to take the podium to address his team's acquisition of slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks for relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio.

Before he does, I want to briefly touch on what the trade could mean. Again, I stress "could" mean because the Orioles are involved in a lot of things. MacPhail sounded very confident earlier today that he is getting close to a couple of other moves, and I'd suspect that includes signing a reliever or two to fill Hernandez's spot.

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Cesar Izturis returns as the Orioles' shortstop: The Orioles have said all along that they'd consider bringing the offensively-challenged shortstop, but they'd want to upgrade their offense at both infield corners. They think they've done that with Reynolds at third. Also, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking for bullpen help in exchange for shortstop Jason Bartlett and had even proposed a Bartlett-for-Hernandez swap. That's obviously a moot point, and it doesn't appear the Orioles still have enough major league-ready relievers to entice the Rays. The Orioles are expected to meet with Izturis' agent this week at the winter meetings, and it's possible that talks can heat up.

Carlos Pena isn't as attractive as a first base option: By now, everybody knows that Reynolds is a strikeout machine. So is potential first base acquisition Carlos Pena, and it's very hard to imagine a lineup with both of them, plus Adam Jones, in it.

The Orioles need to sign at least two relievers: Hernandez is gone, as is Mickolio, who had pitched in the big leagues the previous two seasons and would have been a candidate to make the club out of spring training. Matt Albers was non-tendered, while Mark Hendrickson and Koji Uehara remain free agents. Michael Gonzalez, Jason Berken, Jim Johnson all missed chunks of last season with significant injuries and remain health question marks. And Alfredo Simon was wildly inconsistent last year. Right now, the Orioles' 2011 bullpen picture is extremely cloudy, and MacPhail needs to address that this week.

Position prospect Josh Bell will start season at Triple-A: This was probably a foregone conclusion anyway, but it's official now. Bell, who struggled so much in his rookie season last year, will return to Norfolk barring a trade. I don't think that this mean he is totally out of the Orioles' plans as having depth at the position is a good problem to have. Reynolds also has played first base before.

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