“There’s plenty of examples of trades at the deadline where a team didn’t get nearly what they thought they’d get simply because the market didn’t develop or because of injuries,” Hoyer said. “With that in mind, I felt like this was the right time to do it.”
Reynolds is taking his big swings to Baltimore. There is no doubt the third baseman can hit the ball a long way _ when he hits it, that is.
Reynolds has averaged nearly 35 homers for the last three years. He’s also struck out over 200 times in each of those seasons _ those are the three highest strikeout totals in major league history.
“He brings some things we don’t have,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “You can find negatives on any player. We certainly like his contact-to-damage ratio. We’re going to dwell on all the positive things he does.”
The Brewers were thrilled to get Marcum, who started for the Blue Jays on opening day last season and went 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA. The trade certainly carried a Canadian theme _ Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin and Toronto counterpart Alex Anthopoulos both were born north of the border.
Though he traded away Lawrie, a member of the 2008 Canadian Olympic team, Melvin kidded he held onto some valuable things from his country.
“I still have my Justin Bieber posters on the wall,” Melvin said, a nod to the Canadian teen pop star.
Other names in circulation: San Francisco might become interested in Tampa Bay’s Jason Bartlett to fill their shortstop hole, the Cubs hired Mark Riggans as their pitching coach and the New York Mets interviewed Andy Van Slyke as a possible hitting coach.
Gillick built World Series champions in Toronto in 1992-93 and won another crown with Philadelphia in 2008.
At 73, he’s spent a half-century in baseball.
“I never felt I had a job. I love going to work every day,” he said.
Former players’ union head Marvin Miller fell one vote short. George Steinbrenner finished far behind _ “some people thought it’s too early,” Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, a member of the committee, said of the late New York Yankees owner.