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Orioles Notes: Baltimore interested in Delmon Young, Jack Cust, and Mark Reynolds

By on 1/13/2014 04:26:00 PM

To be filed under the low risk, high reward category, the Baltimore Orioles have expressed a degree of interest in outfielders Delmon Young and Jack Cust, as well as infielder Mark Reynolds on potential minor league deals.

According to Roch Kubatko of, Cust and Young will participate at Baltimore's minicamp tomorrow and will attempt to procure non-roster contracts.
The 35-year old Cust failed to appear in the majors in 2013, after fizzling out of the big leagues with a paltry .213/.344/.329 batting line for the 2011 Seattle Mariners.  Confined to Triple-A in 2012, the New Jersey native hit .243/.400/.442 in 337 plate appearances splitting time between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Las Vegas.

No stranger to the Baltimore organization, Cust appeared sparingly for the 2003-04 Orioles before blooming in the late 00's for the Oakland Athletics. Holding a career .374 on base percentage at the big league level, the former number one draft pick lead the American League in walks in 2008, on route to a .231/.375/.476 season.

Despite his ALCS heroics the season earlier, the combustible Delmon Young left Detroit in favor of the Philadelphia Phillies last season before being granted his unconditional release in late-August, and latching on with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 28-year old managed to post a .260/.307/.407 combined batting line between the two clubs in 361 plate appearances with 11 home runs in limited play. Historically, Young has provided his best work against left-handed pitching, battering southpaws to a .303/.341/.471 lifetime clip.

As mentioned by Kubatko, the representatives for Mark Reynolds have contacted the Orioles to a gauge their interest in a reunion with the 30-year old infielder. After clubbing 60 home runs and posting a .221/.328/.458 over a two-season stint with the Birds, Reynolds split last season between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees after Baltimore opted to non-tender him after the 2012 season. Showcasing him trademark high-power, high strikeout approach, Reynolds hit .221/.306/.393 with 21 home runs while filling in at third and first base last season.
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