The Baltimore Orioles declined to offer former Diamondback Mark Reynolds a contract, sending the 29-year old into free agency.
Former Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds was not offered a contract by the Baltimore Orioles, reports Britt Ghiroli. Reynolds played first base for the Orioles, giving him some versatility as he enters free agency.
The Diamondbacks traded Reynolds to the Orioles in exchange for two right-handed pitchers, David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. Hernandez made 72 relief appearances for Arizona in 2012, but Mickolio was released by the team following the 2011 season.
Baltimore declined Reynolds' $11 million club option, and as an arbitration-eligible player the club would have needed to offer him $9 million for another year. That didn't fit with their budget, and Reynolds is now eligible to negotiate with any franchise.
A return to Arizona isn't out of the question, given their offseason needs. Chris Johnson is slated to start at third next season, but the left side of the infield relies on something of a platoon approach and a presence with experience in Arizona might be valuable for the team.