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Diamondbacks Active in Winter Meetings

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-handed pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio from the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Mark Reynolds and a player to be named later or cash considerations. To fill the void left by Reynolds, they also signed 39-year old utility man Melvin Mora.

David Hernandez, who turns 26 in May, posted an 8-8 record and 4.31 ERA with 42 walks and 72 strikeouts in 41 games (8 starts) with the Orioles last season. Over parts of two seasons with the Orioles, he posted a 12-18 record and 4.93 ERA with 88 walks and 140 strikeouts in 61 games (27 starts). He went 28-27 with a 3.84 ERA, 225 walks, and 621 strikeouts over parts of six minor league seasons with the Orioles. Hernandez was selected by the Orioles in the 16th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

Kameron Mickolio, who turns 27 in May, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He posted a 0-3 record and 4.32 ERA (12 ER in 25.0 IP) with 14 walks and 26 strikeouts over parts of three seasons with the Orioles.  Over parts of five seasons in the Orioles' farm system, he posted an 18-11 record and 3.67 ERA (93 ER in 228.1 IP) with 94 walks and 251 strikeouts.  Mickolio was part of the trade that brought Erik Bedard to Seattle in February, 2008.

Mark Reynolds, who turned 27 in august, owns a .242 career average with 326 runs scored, 95 doubles, 10 triples, 121 home runs, and 346 RBI over parts of four seasons with the D-backs. He hit just .198 with 79 runs scored, 17 doubles, 2 triples, 32 home runs, and 85 RBI with the big league club last season. Reynolds was selected by the D-backs in the 16th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Melvin Mora, who turns 39 in February, hit .285 with 39 runs scored, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs and 45 RBI in 113 games for the Colorado Rockies last season, but most of that success was due to the Coors Field effect.  He batted .329/.382/.461 at home but only .244/.337/..384 on the road.  With Baltimore in 2009, Mora went just .260/.321/.358 in 450 at-bats.

Mora has played every position but pitcher and catcher in his career, but saw most of his playing time at third base last season (63 games, 53 starts), where he cost the Rockies six runs, according to Baseball Info Solutions' Defensive Runs Saved metric. Since 2004, Mora's .960 fielding percentage at third base ranks 13th among all major league third basemen.

The Diamondbacks are also reportedly close to signing reliever J.J. Putz to be their closer.  Over the past five seasons, Putz is 24-16 with a 2.74 ERA and 96 saves.  He has not been a full-time closer since 2007, however, as injuries cost him parts of the 2008 and 2009 seasons.



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