MacPhail, Showalter and Towers comment on deal
Here are quotes from Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers.
"We’ve made no secret of the fact that we are looking to augment our offense this offseason. We don’t think we’re necessarily done."
On Reynolds: "We are buoyed by the fact that he’ll start next season at 27 years old. He’s a young player who is improving his defense. We are delighted to have him."
On young third baseman Josh Bell: "We still are very high on Josh. He certainly has gotten a lot of interest among other clubs. We don’t think this necessarily blocks his path."
More on Reynolds: "We like his defense. Who knows what the future holds, but we do think he’s an improving defensive third baseman who our scouts like and consider to be above average by the end of last year."
On whether Reynolds impacts other decisions: "It doesn’t necessarily preclude anybody, but it may change our priority order a little bit."
On Reynolds' strikeout totals: "We dwell on the positive things that he brings. He brings some things that we don’t have. It was pretty obvious last year that our lineup depth there was a little challenged in certain places. You can find negative on every player. I understand that. [But he's] just something that we don’t have. We’re not going to beat him up on the negatives.
You can talk about the negatives on every player. You keep in mind this guy is 27 years old."
On improving lineup: "It was a challenge for us last year. Where we are, we had to improve offensively, and at the same time, we don’t think we sacrificed anything defensively."
"Rebuilding the bullpen was paramount. It’s been kind of a thorn in our side the last couple of years. Sometimes you have to move a good ballplayer to be able to acquire good right-handed arms. Mark Reynolds was a great Diamondbacks player. But for us to take leaps forward that we need to do, we felt that this was a tremendous start. It’s the start of rebuilding this bullpen."
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