[Update] Brittany Ghiroli is reporting that a deal is not imminent and that the “names vary.” She adds that a potential deal is not necessarily Reimold for Bartlett straight up. This adds strength to the rumors that the Rays are asking for Reimold and possibly a relief a pitcher.
[1:30pm] Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun (via Twitter) is reporting that the Rays and Orioles could be close to swapping Jason Bartlett and Nolan Reimold.
Reimold, 27, is a right-handed hitting corner outfielder, that has also played a little first base. He was the Orioles second-round pick in the 2005 draft. He has played 143 games with the O’s the past two seasons, hitting .262/.345/.432 (.343 wOBA) with 18 home runs and 8 stolen bases.
Defensively, Reimold is a liability, posting negative UZRs each of the last two seasons. So the Rays may move Reimold to first base or DH.
So far in his young career, Reimold has shown that he can hit both lefties (.349 wOBA) and righties (.337 wOBA).
Bartlett was not expected to be back with the Rays in 2011. He figures to make about $5.5 million in arbitration and Reid Brignac can provide similar production at one-tenth the cost.