Monday, December 6, 2010, 12:56 p.m., Updated at 6:48 p.m.
By Mark Zuckerman
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles have made their first big splash of the Winter Meetings, acquiring third baseman Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio.
The deal is still contingent upon the players passing physicals, but assuming there are no issues there, the Orioles will acquire one of the game's premier power hitters.
Reynolds, 27, has hit 76 homers with a 187 RBI combined the last two seasons for Arizona. He also led the National League in strikeouts each of the last three years and hit a career-low .198 this season. The former University of Virginia star, though, remains one of the sport's premier power hitters.
"We made no secret of the fact that we were looking to improve our offense this season," Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail said. "We don't think we are necessarily done. But we needed to improve our offense. We think Mark Reynolds very much represents that."
Hernandez went 8-8 with a 4.31 ERA in 41 games (33 out of the bullpen) last season. Mickolio has appeared in 23 games over the last three seasons and spent the majority of 2010 at Class AAA.
The Orioles, though, felt they could afford to part with two relievers given what else they have in the fold.
"It is an area we think we have some depth in our franchise, and an area where there is depth in free agency and trades to fill it," MacPhail said. "You pretty much have to play the markets from year-to-year. Certain years the market offers you certain positions, and other years it's lacking certain positions. So more or less we felt we had to play what the market gives us this season."