Orioles decline Reynolds’ option
The Orioles have declined the $11 million club option for first baseman Mark Reynolds.
Reynolds is still under team control and could be retained if the Orioles offer him arbitration or the two sides work out a deal. The 29-year-old Reynolds got off to the worst start of his career and struggled offensively most of the season, but he did hit 23 home runs and played solid defense at first base. That would suggest Reynolds, who made $7.5 million this season, would make a figure close to $9 million in arbitration, unless the two sides can come to some sort of agreement.
If the Orioles decide to not tender him a contract by the Nov. 30 deadline, Reynolds — who would get a $500,000 buyout — would become a free agent. In a weak year for corner infielders, he could opt to cash in elsewhere and leave Baltimore searching for a first base solution, either internally or on the free agent market. Reynolds posted a .221/.335/.429 line with 69 RBIs in 135 games, playing through multiple injuries down the stretch.
They are expected to pick up right-handed reliever Luis Ayala’s $1 million option for next season, with a formal announcement on both options coming later today.