Mark Reynolds non-tendered by Orioles

Rob Carr

The Baltimore Orioles have decided not to tender Mark Reynolds a contract for 2013. He is now a free agent.

The Baltimore Orioles non-tendered Mark Reynolds Friday night, according to Roch Kubatko. The move makes Reynolds a free agent. Reynolds made $7.5 million last season with the Orioles and hit .221/.335/.429 with just 22 home runs -- his lowest total since 2007. Rather than tender him a contract and give him a raise, the Orioles decided to cut him loose. They could still sign him back as a free agent.

Reynolds has been a polarizing figure over the length of his career, striking out at historic levels. He set the single-season record for strikeouts in 2009 with 223. But the strikeouts are blended with power and patience, as he has hit 181 career home runs and walked at nearly a 12% rate.

Reynolds was understandably nonplussed at the news:

Reynolds could be an attractive target for a number of teams looking for a first baseman or designated hitter. The Tampa Bay Rays need both. The Boston Red Sox are also looking for some offensive firepower. Of course, the Orioles could still make a bid to retain his services, though likely at a lower price.

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