The Orioles announced that Reynolds, along with infielder Omar Quintanilla and right-handed pitcher Stu Pomeranz, would become free agents via their official Twitter account.
INFs Mark Reynolds & Omar Quintanilla, and RHP Stu Pomeranz will not be tendered contracts by the Orioles and will become free agents.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) December 1, 2012
Brittany Ghiroli from mlb.com spoke with Reynolds and posted his reaction on her Twitter account.
Reynolds is now a free agent: "It is what it is and move on. I'm excited to get out there and see what’s out there for me."— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) December 1, 2012
Reynolds fits the mold of what has become the traditional Rays free-agent acquisition. He is a good defensive player coming off of a disappointing season, but has had enough past success to make the risk worth taking.
In 2012, Reynolds finished with a .221 batting average with a .323 on-base percentage and 69 RBI. His 23 home runs were his fewest since his rookie season in 2007 when he only hit 17.
Although his stats may not jump off the page, it’s more production than the .197 batting average, .330 on-base percentage, 19 home runs, and 61 RBI that the Rays got from Carlos Pena in 2012.
If the price is right, he could be a good player for the Rays to sign.
Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.