Orioles add a power/strikeout bat in Reynolds

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While the Red Sox were officially announcing the addition of Adrian Gonzalez, the Orioles were busy putting the finishing touches on a trade for Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds. The deal is done except for the physicals, with Arizona receiving relievers David Hernandez and Kameron Mickolio in return. Reynolds has hit 76 homeruns over the last two seasons, but he’s also struck out in 40.3% of his at-bats during that time. In fact, he’s the only player in baseball history to strike out at least 200 times in a single season, and he’s done it every year since 2008. Baltimore added some much needed power to their lineup, and that’ll make life that much tougher on the Yankees.

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  • teddy

    his ops under 800 2 out the last 3 years, he overated, dangerous though, though year before his ops was 892

    • mbonzo

      He posted a real low babip last year. If anything he’s underrated. The worst thing that could happen is that the Orioles figure out how to fix his strikeout issues and he becomes one of the most dangerous hitters in the league.

      • Accent Shallow

        fix his strikeout issues

        I am pretty skeptical of their ability to do so — I bet Mark Reynolds with better contact skills experiences a massive drop in ISO.

      • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

        That’s what happens when you slug 35 HR and strike out over 40% of the time. His BABIP will improve next season, but it’ll always be fluctuating strangely because of his style of play.

        • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

          Although HR aren’t calculated in BABIP, he hits so many that it takes his overall BABIP down because those would have been hits. If that makes sense.

  • OXXBOW

    Another Dave Kingman (only not quite as good) The guy batted 198 in 2010, in the N.L. no less.

  • Thomas

    As they wrote on ESPN, with a smaller ballpark (in Camden Yards) Reynolds likely won’t have to swing as hard, but of course he will be moving to a better pitching league. Thus, his strikeouts should stay constant.

    • pat

      He doesn’t seem like the type of guy who tempers his swing depending on the park. More of an all or nothing guy.

  • pat

    For two relievers? Wow.

    • Thomas

      I think Towers wanted to ditch the strikeouts and Reynold contract (not that it is huge).

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    I can’t knock the deal from Baltimore’s end, they gave up nothing.

    That said, which is more likely in the ALE in 2010: 40 home runs, or 250 strikeouts?

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      ugh, in 2011

      • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

        As much as 250 strikeouts are, I’ll take the strikeouts.

    • RL

      Unfortunately for everyone but the Orioles, 40 home runs is more likely. 250 strikeouts is high, even for Reynolds.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Showalter is an excellent manager and the O’s played well under him. That said, 35 games back is alot to make up.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Solid move for the Orioles. They did not give up much and they got someone that had a fWAR of 2.6 even with such a low BABIP. Baltimore got a better in the DH role and while they still won’t compete it is a start.

    • goterpsgo

      while they still won’t compete

      *whew*
      Dear Mr. Angelos – DON’T SELL THE TEAM!!! :)

  • Hughesus Christo

    This division is going to be RIDICULOUS

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Hope to see CC & AJ’s K9 go up next year then

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Reynolds killed me in fantasy league. It was like he was always hurt, horrible average. I don’t know what his deal was last year…but he just signed a huge contract, and somehow I don’t think this is what’s going to fix the Orioles.

  • Jess

    Looking at Bill James’s 2011 projections has him bouncing back slightly, but it looks like 2009 will be an anomaly. He has him for 212 SOs, but I can see that now hitting 230. And I don’t see Reynolds hitting 50 homers just because of Camden. Reynolds wasn’t a guy that lost homeruns. He is what he is. When he hits them they go out of anywhere. When he doesn’t, he makes a nice breeze for the stands. He is very similar to Rob Deer.

    Trading for the flawed Reynolds also underscores the idea that nobody wants the Orioles money. We’ve heard about that the last month. That free agents are avoiding them. So they have to make trades.

    Buck is a good manager, but he doesn’t seem like a guy free agents flock to.