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December 6, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Winter meetings are underway and Mariners targets disappearing already

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UPDATE: Deal is done. Mark Reynolds to Baltimore for relievers David Hernandez and onetime M’s prospect Kam Mickolio (part of the Erik Bedard trade).
Greetings from the Swan and Dolphin Resort Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in the shadow of Mickey Mouse. The baseball winter meetings are indeed underway and you can scratch at least one Arizona Diamondback — if not two — off the Mariners list. The Mariners were believed to be intererested in Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds, but the Baltimore Orioles are now on the verge of acquiring him for a pair of relief pitchers.
Orioles GM Andy McPhail, conservative with his words at the best of times, said he was making progress towards a trade. For him to say that, the deal is as good as done.
The Diamondbacks also appear to be backing away from trading Justin Upton. You’ll remember that, at the GM meetings, the D-Backs were getting all sorts of attention when they put Upton on the block.
Well, I’m told that attention has faded big-time the past two weeks. The reason? Teams are not meeting the asking price. Remember when we told you it would probably take some combination of Dustin Ackley, Michael Pineda, plus prospects to get a deal done? Well, no team has put that type of combination out there — including the Mariners. And so, the D-Backs are said to be looking to fill gaps in other ways.
They will get some bullpen help in the Reynolds deal.
Congratulations to former Mariners GM Pat Gillick, voted into the Hall of Fame today by the veterans’ committee.

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