Baltimore Orioles: Nolan Reimold on his way to Camden Yards
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports, the Baltimore Orioles are going to select the contract of Nolan Reimold from triple-A Norfolk prior to this evening’s series opener vs. Boston. Reimold of course was the Orioles’ second round pick in the 2005 MLB draft, and he made his big league debut in 2009. Since then he’s struggled with inconsistency and injuries.
Reimold remained in the organization until early last year, when he ended up being claimed by both Toronto and Arizona (at different points of the season) off of waivers. However this past off season he signed a minor league deal with the O’s – the team and organization who of course drafted him. (Reimold’s deal also included an opt out if he wasn’t in the big leagues prior to July 12th.)
At a time when the Orioles are looking for more offensive production from their corner outfielders, Reimold’s been hitting .286 at triple-A. The question of course is whether or not that will translate into that same type of production with the Orioles. Speaking for myself, I’d say it’s worth a try.
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The issue of course is that if at some point Reimold needs to be sent back down, he’d have to clear waivers – and effectively the O’s could lose him. However the fact is that they’re looking for a more balanced attack at the plate, and Reimold represents the potential for that.
So the question now becomes who gets sent out. I would submit that it’ll either be Travis Snider or Delmon Young – and I’d err on the side of saying Snider. If it is either of those guys, they’d have to be designated for assignment, which means that they’d have to clear waivers and thus could be lost to another team.
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The other option of course is that someone could go to the DL, however I’m not sure that there’s anyone who specifically needs to be sent there. Time will tell, but the fact is that there’s a plan in place on the part of Showalter and Duquette. Reimold wouldn’t be coming up if there wasn’t.
The Orioles open up a three-game set against AL East rival Boston tonight at Camden Yards. Miguel Gonzalez will get the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by former Oriole farmhand Eduardo Rodriguez. As you may remember, the O’s traded Rodriguez to Boston last summer in exchange for Andrew Miller. Regardless of what happens tonight or in the future, acquiring Miller was one of the best moves Dan Duquette made last year. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.
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