As much as it kills me to say this, I'm not so sure that the Orioles should break the bank to bring back Mark Reynolds for the 2013 season. If the Orioles can get him on a relatively cheap deal then they should resign him by all means, but I do not want to see them go for his $11 million option for one year. But I would much rather see the Orioles spend the money that they would have spent on Reynolds on a top of the rotation pitcher or one of the other positions that the Orioles need to fill.
If the Orioles opt to not bring Reynolds back:
- With Chris Davis, the Orioles already have a player (who is younger and cheaper than Reynolds) who hits for a lot of power, who is rather streaky, and who strikes out a lot. I'm not a fan of having 2 of our 4 power bats (Jones Wieters Davis Reynolds) being two of the streakiest hitters in baseball, the Orioles need to add some more consistent bats to the lineup.
- Mark Reynolds hit .221 with only 23HR and 69 RBI. Compared to last year when he hit for the same average but he smashed 33HR and had 86RBI. And with the exception of a late summer power surge which died just before the playoffs Reynolds had a pretty disappointing season offensively.
- Chris Davis got his first full season of playing time and he rewarded us with a .270 BA, 33HR and 85RBI. I am a big fan of Davis and I think he has the potential to hit 40+ HR next season. He came up as a 1st baseman so we know he can play the position.
- As of right now the duties of DH for the 2013 season will fall on either Chris Davis or Nolan Reimold. (As stated above) I like the idea of moving Davis back to 1B and freeing up the DH position for Nolan Reimold.
-Soriano is a perfect fit for DH, and he is coming off of a career year with the Cubs. Actually he was absolutely ridiculous in 2012, to the tune of a .262 BA, 33HR, and 108 RBI. And that was all while he was playing LF. Imagine what he could do as DH.
-The Cubs would eat almost all of Soriano's contract just to move him, so he would be relatively cheap, and he would bring a huge veteran presence to the clubhouse. That's not to mention that I don't really have a whole ton of faith in Nolan Reimold to put up big power numbers, let alone good numbers as a DH. He just doesn't have the track record.
- Alfonso Soriano is also about as consistent as they come, since 2002 he has hit at least 20HR and with the exception of the short season he played in 2009 (He still hit 20HR that year) he has had at least 70RBI since 2001 (with the exception of 2009).
- Back to Nolan for a second, I'm not saying that I don't think he deserves the chance to win a job in spring training, I just think that he is a huge wildcard, especially given the nature and severity of his injury. But only time will tell and I have been wrong before.
So what do you think? Who should be on 1B for the 2013 Orioles? Who should DH for the 2013 Orioles?