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Orioles closing in on minor league deal with outfielder Nolan Reimold

Former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold could rejoin the organization.
Former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold could rejoin the organization.(Tom Szczerbowski, Getty Images)

After a forgettable season that saw him again struggle to stay healthy, former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold could be rejoining the organization in 2015.

The Orioles are close to a minor league deal with Reimold, according to two industry sources. The sides are currently negotiating and a deal is close, but not complete, according to the sources. The deal likely would include an invitation to major league spring training.

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Reimold, a 2005 second-round pick, was unable to live up to lofty expectations in his last tenure with the team, slowed by constant injuries over the past three seasons.

In Reimold's rookie season in 2009, he hit .279/.365/.466 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 104 games, appearing to be the Orioles' left fielder of the future. But he never played in more than 87 games in a season since then. Over the past three seasons, he had two neck fusion surgeries, as well as hamstring and calf ailments.

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Reimold was limited to just 56 total games between the 2012 and 2013 seasons because of multiple neck surgeries and was designated for assignment by the Orioles last July 1 after his minor league rehabilitation assignment ended. He began last season on the major league disabled list because of lingering neck problems, missing the first 82 games of the season.

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed him off waivers from the Orioles, and he played in just four games before going back on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain.

Reimold returned at the end of the month, but he hit just .143 in 16 games in August before the Blue Jays designated him for assignment Aug. 26. He hit .212 with two homers and nine RBIs in 22 games for Toronto.

Reimold was claimed again, this time by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he batted .294 with one home run and four RBIs in seven games. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

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