I was reading this morning how the deadline to sign Mark Reynolds is midnight tonight and according to Mark he has not heard a word from the Orioles. He said that this was all new to him, he had never been through it before but he thought he would at least hear from somebody. He said. " I guess I'm probably gone."
Of course the Orioles still have about 12 hours, perhaps Reynolds will hear from somebody.
But it reminds me of the Orioles handling of Arthur Rhodes at the end of the 1999 season. The Orioles had drafted Rhodes and brought him up through the Oriole system to the ML club as a relief pitcher. In 1996 he got a chance to start and went 9 and 1, the next year he went 10 and 3 and returned to the bullpen. He was under contract through the 1999 season. At the end of the season he went home expecting to hear from the Orioles about resigning with them like he had done for nine years. He never heard a word and came to the conclusion he was out of work and better find a job pitching for some ML club.
We read how our ML teams are one happy family, but we must never forget it's a cold business.