Reds were Josh Willingham’s second choice behind Twins

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Yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty called the Reds’ lack of moves this offseason “very frustrating” and now it’s safe to assume failing to sign Josh Willingham played a part in his disappointment.

Willingham inked a three-year, $21 million contract with the Twins and during his press conference with the Minnesota media the 33-year-old outfielder revealed that the Reds were the other team he wanted to play for.

Cincinnati was linked to Willingham, but there were never any reports of the two sides being particularly far along in negotiations and in fact it seemed as though the Indians represented the Twins’ primary competition before dropping out of the running earlier this week.

Nolan Reimold retires

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Former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has retired, Michael Pfaff — president of the Long Island Ducks — announced on Twitter on Sunday.

Reimold, 33, was hitting .238/.359/.397 in 78 plate appearances with the Ducks. He was coming off of a disappointing 2016 campaign as a reserve outfielder with the O’s, finishing with a .664 OPS.

Over parts of eight seasons in the majors, Reimold hit .246/.323/.422 with 56 home runs and 174 RBI.

Mike Trout sprains thumb, to undergo MRI on Monday

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout sprained his left thumb and had to leave Sunday’s game against the Marlins. He underwent an X-ray, which revealed no fracture, but he is set to have an MRI on Monday for further evaluation, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Trout went 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting. The reigning AL MVP is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Needless to say, losing him for any amount of time would be a devastating loss for the Angels, who are 26-27 and tied for second place in the AL West.