AL East Round Up: Big Surprises Edition

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Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

BIG SURPRISE: Nolan Reimold

After playing the last 4 seasons in Baltimore, the Blue Jays plucked him from the waiver wire. I remember saying to myself a couple years ago: ‘Self, wouldn’t it be nice if Reimold played LF for the Blue Jays’.

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  • Then, they signed

    Melky Cabrera

    and Reimold underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.  When healthy, Reimold can be a contributor to any team, whether it is off the bench or as a righty bat in the starting lineup.

    On July 31st, Reimold opened some eyes. After being on the DL dealing with his calf (the muscle, not the barnyard animal), he opened some eyes against the Astros:

    Of course, there is this clutch performance from Saturday against the Tigers:

    Here’s a suggestion for Alex Anthopoulos (because, he’s definitely reading this): Let Colby Rasmus walk at the end of the season. Anthony Gose can take over CF. Re-sign Melky Cabrera. It’ll cost a bit more, but he’s earned it. Jose Bautista will stay in RF. Nolan Reimold is the 4th outfielder. He won’t be a free agent until the end of next season. I’d be content with this outfield going into 2014.

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