BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Reynolds is happy, and so are the Baltimore Orioles.
The slugger and his former team were reunited Monday at Camden Yards for the first time since Reynolds signed a $6 million, one-year contract as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians in December.
Reynolds played two years with Baltimore, hitting 60 home runs and helping the Orioles reach the playoffs in 2012.
“It’s good to be back. I miss playing here, miss the guys, miss the city,” Reynolds said. “Where I’m at now is a good situation — great team, great manager and we’re winning games.”
The Orioles, similarly, are faring well without Reynolds. He has been replaced at first base by Chris Davis, who leads the majors in homers and had 70 RBIs through Sunday.
Asked if he was disappointed to be replaced by Davis, Reynolds replied, “Not at all. C.D. always had the talent. It was just a matter of having confidence in himself and putting it all together, which he’s done this year. He’s really maturing and coming into his own.”
Reynolds expressed no disappointment in not being retained by the Orioles.
“I’ve moved on,” he said. “That book’s closed now.”
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said of Reynolds: “Good teammate, an easy guy to manage. We’d have liked, in a perfect world, to have him back. It just didn’t work out.”
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