Not so long ago Nolan Reimold was a top prospect who turned in an impressive rookie campaign with Baltimore, but he’s been injured and ineffective since then and now the Orioles have designated him for assignment.
Reimold’s career .766 OPS is above average, but he hit .195 in a part-time role last season and the Orioles didn’t feel like they could carry him on the 25-man roster now that his minor-league rehab timetable has expired.
He could be a fit for another team as a platoon outfielder or bench bat, but the days of thinking Reimold can be a building block player are obviously long gone.
The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.
Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.
Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.