The Baltimore Orioles acquire Mark Reynolds from the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 6 December 2010 at 6:28 pm

The Orioles have acquired 27-year old righty swinging 3B Mark Reynolds from the D-Backs for 25-year old righty reliever David Hernandez and 26-year old righty reliever Kam Mickolio. Reynolds played in 145 games for the D-Backs last season and he was 99 of 499 (.198 avg, .753 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 32 homers, 85 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Reynolds whiffed 211 times last season so his power doesn’t come without some holes in his swing. Reynolds has now played in 563 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 480 of 1,982 (.242 avg, .817 OPS) with 326 runs scored, 121 homers, 346 RBIs and 42 stolen bases. Reynolds has led the majors in whiffs three straight years and he has 767 in his first four years in the majors. Still, despite the warts to Reynolds’ game, he still has some of the best pure power in the majors and I expect that he will hit 35-40 homers for the Orioles in 2011.

David Hernandez pitched in 41 games (8 starts) for the Orioles last season and he was 8-8 with 2 saves, a 4.31 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He pitched in 61 games (27 starts) in his two years with the O’s and he was 12-18 with 2 saves, a 4.93 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. Kam Mickolio pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the O’s last season and he was 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA and a 2.18 WHIP. He pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the O’s and he was 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

The Orioles gave up two solid bullpen arms to get Reynolds but I love this trade for them. Reynolds should add a ton of power to the Orioles’ lineup going forward.

UPDATE: (12/9/2010) – The Orioles will also receive either a player to be named later or cash considerations to complete this deal.


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