Nolan Reimold Could be Orioles X-factor in 2013
Or he could get injured again.
The Baltimore Orioles have been roundly criticized for their remarkably quiet offseason. Rumors of trades and free agent signings have surfaced for the past few months but to date nothing has come to fruition. Baltimore’s only move of note was re-signing reclamation project/left fielder Nate McLouth to a one-year contract.
The Orioles came into the offseason suggesting that they hoped to add a right-handed power hitter to the middle of the lineup. Dan Duquette allowed Mark Reynolds to depart as a free agent, upsetting a large number of O’s fans. Apparently Reynolds’ poor defense, prolonged slumps, and staggering strikeout rate endeared him to many of the Baltimore faithful. I had no issue with Reynolds leaving town because the assumption was that Duquette would go out and get someone better suited to hit in the middle of the order. Spring Training is just a few weeks away but the Orioles still have a Mark Reynolds-sized hole in the batting order.