In a similar position is Nate McLouth, who was signed midseason as a free agent after he was cut by the Pirates. McLouth resurrected his career with the Orioles and played a huge role in their march to the playoffs, and like Reynolds, would love to come back in 2013 to try to win it all with the O's.
Reynolds and McLouth were integral parts to the Orioles improbable run this season. Both players could reach free agency this winter.
While Reynolds had another down year at the plate, hitting .221/.335/.429, he proved valuable in the field after moving from third to first base. The Orioles hold an $11 million club option for the 2013 season.
McLouth signed with the Orioles in June after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. After joining Baltimore, he hit .268/.342/.435 with 12 doubles, seven home runs and 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts.
Following Nick Markakis’ season-ending injury, McLouth took over as the team’s leadoff hitter. He performed well and was one of the only Orioles to hit during the playoffs, going 8-for-26 at the plate with two extra-base hits and five RBI.