The Orioles are closing in on a deal to obtain Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, according to major league sources.
The Diamondbacks, seeking bullpen help for Reynolds, are targeting right-handers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio, the source said.
It's unclear what the addition of Reynolds would mean for Orioles third-base prospect Josh Bell, but some in the organization believe Bell needs more time at Triple-A.
Reynolds, 27, is the only player in major league history to strike out 200 times in a season – and he's done it three straight years. He batted .198/.320/.433 last season, hitting 32 home runs in 499 at-bats.
Another warning sign, at least for the Orioles: Though the samples are relatively small, Reynolds hasn't fared well against American League pitching in his career, or against the AL East.
Last season, against AL opponents, Reynolds batted .182/.280/.409, striking out 26 times in 44 at-bats (59 percent). In his career against the AL, he's batted .203/.297/.396, with 73 strikeouts in 182 at-bats (40 percent).
And in his career against the AL East, he's batted .169/.255/.325, with 38 strikeouts in 83 at-bats (46 percent).
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