Orioles Shopping Kevin Gregg, Mark Reynolds

The Orioles are shopping right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg and corner infielder Mark Reynolds, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com tweets. Both players are under contract for 2012 with club options for 2013.

Gregg, 33, posted a 4.37 ERA with 8.0 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 in 59 2/3 innings of work last year, his first season in Baltimore. He'll earn $5.8MM in 2012 and his contract includes a $6MM club option for 2013. I'd be surprised if a team took on more than $2MM of his salary in a trade.

Reynolds, 28, hit 37 homers and posted a .221/.323/.483 line last year, while playing first and third base. He led the league in strikeouts for the fourth consecutive season, striking out in approximately one third of his 620 plate appearances. He'll earn $7.5MM in 2012 and his contract includes a $11MM club option for 2013 ($500K buyout).


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124 Comments on "Orioles Shopping Kevin Gregg, Mark Reynolds"


MB923
3 years 5 months ago

If Reynolds gets dealt, I wonder how much salary the O’s would eat up. The power is there, but the K’s low OBP are there too. And there is no way whatever club gets him, or even if he stays with the O’s, that the club option for him will be picked up.

3 years 5 months ago

I will be livid if the O’s trade him and get less back than David Hernandez.

We gave up a potential shutdown closer with a ton of team control.  Not to mention Reynolds played better last year than he had when we traded for him.

WolandJR
3 years 5 months ago

And Jeff goes livid in 5, 4, 3, 2…

nlewiss
3 years 5 months ago

A career obp of .331 isn’t too low when you consider the 35+ jacks Reynolds hits every year. His approach (and defense) may not work for bottom-feeders like the O’s but there is definitely some value in Reynolds’ offensive game. He’s 28 and two years removed from a 44hr-24sb season. I’d take him over Carlos Pena or Adam Dunn any day.

MB923
3 years 5 months ago

I was more so referring to last year’s OBP of .323, not career.

Based on contracts, I’d certainly without hesitation take him over Dunn, but I would take Pena before Reynolds.

Stuart Brown
3 years 5 months ago

His OBP is low, but his walk rate is fantastic. If he could only make more contact, he would be an incredible hitter. But then he wouldn’t be Mark Reynolds. Plus his glovework is still a disaster.

CreativeMace
3 years 5 months ago

So Betemit can start at 3B? Or Davis back to 3B and Nick Johnson can start at 1B? Is there more to this that I’m not seeing (since I’m not a huge Orioles follower)?

not_brooks
3 years 5 months ago

If Reynolds gets moved, I would guess that Betemit and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty would split time at third.

Davis is the O’s first baseman until he proves otherwise and if Nick Johnson is healthy enough to play this year, there’s no reason to wreck that by throwing him in the field.

3 years 5 months ago

Reynolds to the Rockies!!!!! 

progmatinee
3 years 5 months ago

That sounds reasonable. Throw in Gregg too. What the Rockies would do is send Esmil Rogers, Chris Nelson and EYJ and expect the O’s to pick up almost the entire salary of both Gregg and Reynolds.

Coollet
3 years 5 months ago

If were all gonna shop around our garbage, i’ve got a 2001 red cavalier with 350 000 miles and a rattle in the engine.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 5 months ago

would you take Zito for it?

Coollet
3 years 5 months ago

Nah, my car can still perform

chico65
3 years 5 months ago

I can’t believe someone referred to performance when discussing a cavalier 

Coollet
3 years 5 months ago

When comparing to Zito, my nephew’s tricycle can out perform

Kpsmith
3 years 5 months ago

12% BB% and .262 .ISO seem legit to me, if only he could fake it at some position. I would trade a living body and take 98% of his money to Seattle if Montero could catch so Reynolds could DH

3 years 5 months ago

You are going to need to give up value to get him not a living body

PhishTank
3 years 5 months ago

Unfortunately, Smoak and Figgins are clogging up the corners. But the M’s would get more run production out of Reynolds than those two combined.

3 years 5 months ago

We’ll take Smoak for him haha

3 years 5 months ago

 agreed lol

Roy_Hobbs
3 years 4 months ago

The heavy duty hitting would be great but now you’d have two positions with less than solid fielding situations…I wonder how the Seattle pitching staff would feel about a poor defensive catcher and a poor defensive 3rd basemen?

3 years 5 months ago

Unless they can get a starter for Reynolds, I’d rather hold onto him. He might have bad defense but he still led all 3B in homers last year.

Coollet
3 years 5 months ago

That was before Lawrie played an entire season

3 years 5 months ago

Really?  I’d be very surprised if Lawrie is even within 5 or 10 of Reynolds in HR.

M_Harden
3 years 5 months ago

Mark Reynolds didn’t lead the league in strike outs last year. That would be Drew Stubbs with 205.

3 years 5 months ago

When they say that they usually are referring to AL or NL. Stubbs is in the NL, Reynolds is in the AL. Now if they said “lead the majors” it would have been different.

M_Harden
3 years 5 months ago

Except the language here is different because of how it was stated as “He led the league in strikeouts for the fourth consecutive season”. “The” implies something specific and individual, which doesn’t make sense considering Reynolds did it in two different leagues. How it wasn’t specified either that it was done in two leagues leads me to believe that this was a mistake by BNS (which I won’t dwell on, it happens). Whatever. Semantics schemantics.

3 years 5 months ago

If you take a quick glance at Reynolds BR page it’s easy to see how the mistake could happen.

M_Harden
3 years 5 months ago

And I acknowledged that. I was just pointing it out.

Coollet
3 years 5 months ago

“The” league being the better one, the AL.

3 years 5 months ago

Won’t argue your point, its valid. I just know when I hear someone say “the league” they usually refer to whichever league they were in at the time.

That might not matter or might be blurred more when teams play a number of interleague games next season due to the Astros move…

dook83
3 years 5 months ago

Except Drew Stubbs plays in the NL, that other league…

Smrtbusnisman04
3 years 5 months ago

Yes, but he has been at the top of the major’s list for the last 3-4 seasons now.

3 years 5 months ago

This is purely speculation, but I suspect the Orioles are hoping the Phillies bite on Reynolds. With the uncertainty regarding Ryan Howard and the need for a power bat, I’m sure the O’s would love to move that salary.

-wtk

3 years 5 months ago

I am curious as to how Danny Knobler of CBS Sports obtained this information.
Kevin Gregg has hardly been used this spring so I am not really surprised that he’s on the block. However, Mark Reynolds is on the same boat as Gregg why?
He’s done everything that has been asked of him. I know he strikes out a lot, but he’s a likeable and quite frankly I like him. So I am wondered what got the ball rolling on this?

Shawn Baublitz
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah I’d be ok trading Gregg for Hafner with money thrown in to even it out. 

But Keep Reynolds and try not batting him 7th or 8th. He might drive in 100+ with 40+HR. 

For years they were bitching the didn’t have a 30+ HR hitter for the middle of the line up. They get a guy like Reynolds and worry about 2 of the least important numbers B.Ave and K’s. I’ll take a K over a GIDP any day.

The Mythical One
3 years 5 months ago

 Easy, the same reason why the Orioles do everything. Money.

Mark is due $7.5 million this year and then has an option for $11 million in 2013 or a $500,000 buyout. Either way he’s not with the Orioles in 2013, at least not for his option price.

They traded their most dependable and probably their best pitcher for a guy who has a 5.00 ERA in the NL West and yet another failed closer in Hammel and Lindstrom. Why? Because he wanted some money in arbitration. He took less to go to Colorado because they actually look like they have a chance of winning, unlike the Orioles.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

 Careful Lefty. It is dangerous to become attached to favorites like this. They cannot count on him when the team improves, his glove is poor, OBP poor/well below what one would want from the hot corner. His RBI (if one looks at those) look respectable, then you deduct his 37HR from the 86 total and find only 49.. The guy just isn’t productive and those 196K just stick out like a sore..Thumb.. it hurts in a really rotten way and him making 7m.

Sure, he’s worth more than Blanton, vernon Wells, Zito, Soriano contracts. Maybe a few others,but trade value? I just don’t see it.

OaklandFan22
3 years 5 months ago

reynolds to the A’s for barton 

corey23
3 years 5 months ago

i think his salary is too high… i say let sogard play, the kid has proven himself as far as i’m concerned.

3 years 5 months ago

5mil? That isnt to much with his potential. They would be fools to trade him because they cant find power hitter to play in Baltimore for that type of money, the defense was bad, but it was worse than his average, so there room to get better. Ks can be coached to get less.  .250/.350/.500 with 35hr 90 RBI 20 SB 20 Es from a 3B is hard to find

3 years 5 months ago

Barton is coming back from surgery and doing better.  reynolds is a salary dump.  More like Micheal taylor to the O’s for Reynolds and 6 million. 

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

barton is on the dl, he can’t be traded

Bleed_Orange
3 years 5 months ago

Trading Gregg would be to good of a dream so I’m not holding my breath

Now if we could get an ok return Reynolds that would be something to think about.  Nick Johnson has looked good thus far so he can take first.  And its time for Chris Davis to sink or swim so give him his 500abs and third base and see what happens.

NickinIthaca
3 years 5 months ago

Unfortunately, Nick Johnson is made of glass. My guess is he’ll be out for the year before the calendar hits May.

chico65
3 years 5 months ago

Must…resist…urge…to…make…joke…about…glass..Johnson

Omazing
3 years 5 months ago

Agree that shopping Gregg is a good idea. However, Reynolds is an exciting player to watch for me as an O’s fan b/c as bad as this team has been, at least Reynolds can bang a few loud ones out against cocky teams like the Yankees & Red Sox. Shop Chris Davis or Wilson Betemit instead of Mark plz. Just doesn’t make sense getting rid of one of our very few Run producers.

JohninNYC
3 years 5 months ago

He’s also one of the few guys who might bring back a useful player or two for the rebuilding effort.  He’s almost certainly gone after this year, so if they can trade him now, all the better.

josecc
3 years 5 months ago

Sounds like another Angelos mandated salary dump re: trading Reynolds.  Would someone please find a grassy knoll to hide behind outside of Camden Yards and take this guy out???
He is the only legit power guy on this team which helps Jones and Markakis see better pitches.  It’s his 2nd year in the AL, I’m willing to bet he has 40 HRs and 190 K’s this year.

3 years 5 months ago

Lineup protection doesn’t exist…

Shawn Baublitz
3 years 5 months ago

Really? Ask Jason Bay, Ichiro, Evan Longoria, Hunter Pence (OPS Jumped 125 points from Hou to Phi), Beltre (Nothing in Sea to All Star in Bos and Tex) 

notsureifsrs
3 years 5 months ago

yea, what we should do is ask 5 people

Lunchbox45
3 years 5 months ago

lol ichiro?? serious dude? 

josecc
3 years 5 months ago

Great, another Angelos mandated salary dump.  Reynolds is in his 2nd year in the AL, I’m willing to bet he is good for 40 HRs and 90+ RBIs this year.  What do they have to lose by playing him, Josh Bell sure isn’t ready.

3 years 5 months ago

 Blanton for Reynolds…sounds good to me.

johnsilver
3 years 5 months ago

Reynolds isn’t worth a lot, but Blanton? he isn’t even worth much as a NL SP. Why would the O’s want to import him to the AL East when The Duke traded away a FAR better guy in Guthrie and replaced him with basically a batting practice pitcher for the rest of the league?

Jonathan Rigby
3 years 5 months ago

this from the team that will have tommy hunter start for them this year 

jr233270
3 years 5 months ago

Reynolds could fit well in Philly for Joe Blanton.  They make almost the same amount of money (8.5 Million to 7.5 Million) and the Orioles need starting pitching.  Phillies could play Reynolds at third base and move Polanco to second due to Utley being injured.  Phillies desperately need some power because of Howard and Utley being out for the foreseeable future. 

PhishTank
3 years 5 months ago

This is a reasonable suggestion. I could see the Phillies going for it. It would help both clubs.

3 years 5 months ago

Really don’t want Blanton for him.  What good does that do us?

Prospects or nothing I say.

Jonathan Rigby
3 years 5 months ago

you are not getting prospects that are going to matter…. salary dump
 

Quacktastic_Duck
3 years 5 months ago

Oh gosh that comment almost makes sense.. i hope it doesn’t happen.

Cereal_22
3 years 5 months ago

Blanton cant stay healthy, he doesnt have a lot of value

AaronAngst
3 years 5 months ago

This trade suggestion only sounds good to Phillies fans. Not going to happen.

Expos '94 World Champs
3 years 5 months ago

Nice, a pitcher who can’t throw strikes and a hitter with a low contact rate.  GREAT combo.

Coollet
3 years 5 months ago

i heard they would also throw in the owner, no extra charge.

Gumby65
3 years 5 months ago

Juan Uribe is looking very attractive as an Orioles 3B option (to us Dodger fans, anyway).

Bob L
3 years 5 months ago

Ks are not the issue with Reynolds. Walks bring his OBP up and his power makes him valuable on offense.

His defense last year was brutal and almost negated what he brought to the table offensively. That’s not good when you’re trying to develop young pitchers.

ChrmCtyRnr
3 years 5 months ago

Reynolds has a career wOBA of .351 and performed at .348 last year (despite a miserable start … somewhat excusable given the league change).  He’s a good offensive player, despite the Ks and poor contact.  His fWAR drops markedly because the Orioles are intent on using him in the field … as a full-time DH, the guy is probably a ~2.5-win player or better, and probably worth $8 million per year.  No, someone needs to convince HIM of that.