Per Dan Connolly, the deal is done. Mark Reynolds is now an Oriole, traded to Baltimore for relief pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. That solves the 3B problem for next year (and possibly through 2013) and gives Josh Bell the time he needs to mature in AAA.
Thoughts on the return for Arizona? I haven't had much time to process it, so expect more from me later. But it's definitely preferable to Chris Tillman. Mickolio has had his troubles but both he and Hernandez are young power arms, so it does make me think twice.
Mark Reynolds career stats:
|162 Game Avg.||162||657||570||138||27||3||35||75||221||.242||.334||.483||.817|
Update, 12:52 PM: A quote from David Hernandez, from Orioles Insider:
"I'll have a chance to play closer to home, but I always thought I'd be in Baltimore for years to come. It just didn't work out that way. I'll miss all the friends I made there, the guys in the clubhouse. The organization did some good things for me. I thought I was part of the future there, but somebody has to go to make improvements. You can't keep everybody. I'm not bitter at all. I appreciate the organization and the city and there's always a chance I can go back."
Update, 3:19 PM: The Orioles have officially announced the trade via press release. Here is part of it:
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired 3B MARK REYNOLDS and a player to be named later or cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP DAVID HERNANDEZ and RHP KAM MICKOLIO.
Reynolds, 27, has hit at least 28 home runs, driven in 85 runs and appeared in 145 games in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 44 home runs and 102 RBI in 2009. Reynolds has homered an average of once every 16.4 at-bats in his four-year major league career, a total of 121 times in 1,982 at-bats.
Reynolds has also increased his walk total in each of his four major league seasons, from 37 in 2007 to 83 last year. The right-handed hitter owns a career .380 on-base percentage and .528 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching.