Mark Reynolds Becoming A Trade Chip?
There is no buzz right now surrounding Mark Reynolds, but if the Orioles still consider themselves to be a player in the trade market, Reynolds could be the one piece Baltimore could offer.
The natural questions would be: Why would anyone want a supposed power hitter, who is batting .211 for the season with eight home runs and 31 RBIs offensively? What would be attractive about a player that has no natural position and has committed 10 errors between two positions this season?
The answers, in the grand scheme, would be not many teams and not much. But, Reynolds' numbers during the last week include eight RBIs, three extra-base hits and a homer. It's not as if he had a world-beater week, but he's had a couple of key hits as the Orioles have won. With a glut of players on the roster without a position and a desire to still be contenders (which, as I said this week, they shouldn't consider if they have to mortgage the future), Reynolds is a good piece in an overall deal.
Reynolds doesn't have a long-term future with the Orioles. If they are going to part with him, now's the time to see whether anyone will entertain it. The odds are long, but there is no risk.
Posted July 21, 2012