BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have declined to offer a 2013 contract to slugger Mark Reynolds, a decision that allows the infielder to become a free agent.
Baltimore also declined to tender second baseman Omar Quintanilla and right-hander Stu Pomeranz. The moves were announced Friday night.
Reynolds hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs last season. His home run output was down from 37 in 2011 and his fewest since his rookie year in 2007.
Reynolds struggled at third base early last season and was moved to first, where he played exceptionally well.
Last month, the Orioles declined Reynolds' $11 million option for 2013, opting for the $500,000 buyout. Friday's move enabled Baltimore to avoid going to arbitration with Reynolds.
Chris Davis moves atop the depth chart at first base.
By Michaela Johnson
Baseball season has been over for a while, especially for the Orioles - it's been more than two months since Baltimore lost to Toronto in the American League Wild Card game.
When O's lefty Kevin Gausman turned on MLB Network last night, he was probably hoping for some Hot Stove or Intentional Talk, but that is not what he got.
Gausman had a 3.61 ERA last season, the best on the Baltimore's starting rotation. He did give up more home runs (28) than any other O's pitcher, but he also pitched the greatest number of innings.
Fans responded very supportively to Gausman's tweet, saying things like "dude you were nasty this year. No worries," and "It's all good. We still love you Kevin. You're gonna win 20 next year, just watch."
While 20 wins is somewhat of a stretch, Gausman isn't eligible for free agency until 2021, so he has at least a few more seasons with the Orioles to continue improving and remain a key part of their starting five.
On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles announced former pitchers Roger McDowell and Alan Mills will be joining the team for the upcoming season. McDowell will be the Orioles new pitching coach and Mills will coach the bullpen.
Replacing Dave Wallace, who retired from major league coaching at the end of the season, McDowell spent the past 11 years as the Atlanta Braves pitching coach. While in Atlanta he oversaw the development of All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran.
Before his coaching days, he played in the league for 11 seasons as a reliever with a 3.30 ERA and 129 career saves. His last career stop was in Baltimore.
Mills has been a member of the Orioles organization for five seasons, his most recent assignment being in Bowie. There, he served as the pitching coach for the past two seasons.
Both players are former Orioles even played with each other in 1996. A majority of Mills 12 year career was with Baltimore, in the team's bullpen.
Last season, Baltimore's pitching staff averaged a 4.22 ERA (19th in MLB).