Indians agree to terms on Reynolds, out on Youkilis
According to several reports, the Indians have agreed to a deal with free agent third baseman/first baseman Mark Reynolds pending a physical. It is being reported that the terms of the deal are a one year deal for $6 million with an additional $1.5 million in incentives.
Reynolds, 29, is a right-handed hitter that hit .221 with 23 HR, 69 RBI and .763 OPS in 135 games for the Orioles last season. In his six year career he has averaged over 30 homers a season and has a career .807 OPS. He strikes out a lot having struck out 1122 times in 2973 career at bats and is a career .235 hitter, but he has lots of power (.240 career ISO) and he draws walks (.335 on-base%).
With the expected signing of Reynolds, the Indians are also reportedly out of the talks for first baseman/third baseman Kevin Youkilis. It is not known if Youkilis informed the Indians that he has chosen the Yankees and they simply moved on to Plan B which was Reynolds, or if the Indians grew tired of waiting for a decision on Youkilis and just went with Plan B so they could move onto other moves they want to make.
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However, he is trying to cut that rate down, and that may explain his drop in power last year.
His fielding might be the best we've seen in a while other than Kotchman, and his power may protect Santana.
I look for Santana to break out with Reynolds behind him, and I think Reynolds will improve this team considerably.
Good acquisition, but why didn't they get an option for the following year, or is that not allowed?
Think I'm in the minority but I like this more than
2 yrs on Youk. Hope the $ saved on Reynolds can
Go towards offer for E. Jackson too.
Shy, would you still post the same if we did sign Youk
Instead. Anderson to make room for the 40 man spot???
I'd have preferred Youkilis mostly because he would add a professional bat this lineup needs. Reynolds in a lot of ways adds to the strikeout problems this lineup has had in the past, and is a big reason they go through such long dry spells. But, by the same token, he is an upgrade at first base and brings a lot of right-handed power, something they really needed. But, this absolutely CANNOT be the big addition to the lineup this offseason. They need to go out and get Swisher or someone else that impacts to a bigger level. I;m fine with Reynolds so long as he is a secondary pickup for the lineup and not THE pickup.
And James, they did look into McCarthy (and Haren, and Melky, etc). Sometimes players just have their reasons for signing elsewhere or not being interested.
"After starting the 2012 season at third base, Reynolds -- who committed six errors in 40 chances -- was moved across the diamond and worked hard to turn himself into an above-average first baseman. Frequently taking some good-natured ribbing for his tendency to never stay on his feet, he became adept at picking balls in the dirt and making excellent scoops, resulting in a .995 fielding percentage in 108 games at the position."
Have not seen him at 1B but does anyone know how well he defends at 1B? Chisenhall's throwing, particularly going to his glove side is not real consistent.