Matt P wrote:Again, a black hole doesn't work the count and draw as many walks as Reynolds does. A black hole is someone like Luke Scott or Chris Davis who go down on 4 pitches or less 90% of the time when they are cold.
Who are you replacing him with that is cheaper and more consistent?
A black hole strikes out in over 30% of his plate appearances and while he may walk in around 10-14% of his plate appearances during his slump, the vast majority of the other 85+% of the plate appearances are completely unproductive.
I don't have every MLB organization's depth chart so I can't name all of the possibilities when it comes to trades but some of the options would be:
-Lyle Overbay has pretty good splits against RHP and by most accounts is a much better defender than Reynolds.
-According to MLBTR Lance Berkman should be available and while he's injury prone and old he can still rake
-Carlos Lee will be available and could be part of a platoon at 1B/DH w/ C Davis and Betemit
-Of course Swisher and Napoli will be available although neither seem like reasonable fits for the O's
Nobody can predict the trade market for either veteran players or near ML ready prospects who can play first base so trying to name a potential trade target would be both foolish and unnecessary. Needless to say there are plenty of options to fill the need at first base and Reynolds is one of them but he is lower on my list and would only be desirable on a cheap deal with partially limited at bats.