Orioles decline $11 million option on Mark Reynolds

Wednesday October 31st, 2012

The Baltimore Orioles declined a $11 million team option on Mark Reynolds. (Al Bello/Getty Images

The Baltimore Orioles declined third baseman Mark Reynolds' $11 million team option for next season, the team announced Wednesday.

Reynolds will receive a $500,000 buyout and remains under team control because of the arbitration process. The Orioles have until Nov. 30 to decide whether to sign him to a contract for 2013.

Reynolds batted .221 with 23 home runs, 69 RBI in his second season with the club and struck out 159 times in 457 at-bats. Reynolds played his first four seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, striking out 200 or more times in three of those seasons including a major league record of 223 in 2009.

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