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Indians designate Mark Reynolds for assignment

Indians designate Mark Reynolds for assignment
August 8, 2013
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According to reports, the Indians have designated Mark Reynolds for assignment and have recalled right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Columbus.

Reynolds, 30, was hitting just .215 with 15 homers, 48 RBI and .680 OPS in 99 games for the Indians this season. He also had 43 walks and 123 strikeouts in 335 at bats. The numbers as a hole were not terrible as the 15 homers tie him for the team lead, but it was his near three month long slump that made it tough for manager Terry Francona to play him. Since May 10th he was hitting .178 with 4 homers, 19 RBI and a .517 OPS in 68 games. The batting average and OPS over that time both rank as the worst in baseball among qualified players.

Reynolds last homered on June 28th and had just one double since May 15th (on Sunday in his last game with the Indians). With Reynolds unable to pull out of his long slump, lack of power, and him being a liability defensively there was just no option to play him, especially with the emerging bat of Yan Gomes who deserves more playing time and the equally productive Ryan Raburn who the club just extended on Wednesday.

The Indians have been searching for a bat in the trade market, but it will be tough to get a productive one to slip through waivers to be traded to them. In the meantime they will go with the extra arm of Guilmet in the pen to give some much needed length to it, but don't be surprised to see a small deal or waiver claim made to add another bat soon. They could always potentially add a bat from Columbus, but the options are very limited unless they want to get one final look at Matt LaPorta who is healthy and swinging the bat well there.

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User Comments

Rich Smith
August 8, 2013 - 10:25 PM EDT
Hard to believe 90 days ago people were talking about signing Reynolds to long-trm contract. I'd love to see Indians try to sign Victor Martinez for that DH spot for 2014. Not much meaningful thy can do this year. Best option is probably Zeke Carrera. At least he can help bunting & pinch running.
August 8, 2013 - 5:43 PM EDT
He is known as a slow starter and 2nd half player, so I am shocked by his performance this year. I kept waiting for him to break out of the horrific slump and get on one of his power surges, but it never happened. Shame.
August 8, 2013 - 5:33 PM EDT
they have a few days before the road trip if matt can smack the ball to oblivion his avg is about 250 but slugging is 500 11 of 24 hits extra bases and he is a first baseman dh combo guy why not try it
August 8, 2013 - 5:08 PM EDT
IMO, the best choice is probably Jesus Aguilar. He is not ideal but he is hitting well now and he leads the minors in HRs and RBIs. The Indians have a shortage of RH power who can hit with "ducks on the pond" which is Aguilar's strength. I cannot believe anything would be served by promoting anyone in Columbus including LaPorta.
August 8, 2013 - 4:09 PM EDT
Well we missed the boat on claiming Casper Wells. It seems to be a thing to do this season.
August 8, 2013 - 4:01 PM EDT
Yes, 40-man is at 39 because of spot vacated by Reynolds. That spot is expected to be filled soon with a waiver claim or trade.
August 8, 2013 - 3:52 PM EDT
If I am not mistaken the 40 man sits at 39 right now. There's already room on it for a player.
League Park
August 8, 2013 - 3:35 PM EDT
good. He was a liability.
August 8, 2013 - 3:13 PM EDT
LaPorta is not on the 40-man. Another reason it might be tough to add lose a player for a guy who they will probably jettison off it anyway this offseason (if he were re-added) or who will leave as a minor league free agent.
fielder's 0-2 game winning double
August 8, 2013 - 3:08 PM EDT
is laporta even on the 40 man? dude has been all but forgotten
August 8, 2013 - 2:18 PM EDT
Marson is not an option right now. He played his first game the other night since being out for two months. He needs at least two weeks before he is back in game readiness, and I am not sure why you bother with him right now with his suspect arm after the injuries this year and absolutely no bat. Plus, to add him back to the 25-man you have to take him off the 60-day DL which means you have to dump someone from the 40-man roster. Marson is gonna be dumped this offseason (nontendered) so I think we have seen the last of him. Not really worth bringing him back and loosing a player to get him on the roster.
Gvl Steve
August 8, 2013 - 2:07 PM EDT
I'm sorry it didn't work out for Reynolds because he's a good guy and started the season so well. Still, it is the right move because you can only wait so long. If the Indians had anyone else they probably would have made this move a month ago. A call-up option if healthy might be Lou Marson, allowing Santana to play 1B/DH every day with Gomes catching.
August 8, 2013 - 1:53 PM EDT
DeRosa was not claimed by the Tribe.
August 8, 2013 - 1:50 PM EDT
Michael young has cleared waivers
August 8, 2013 - 1:45 PM EDT
Rick said my exact thoughts. If ... (major if). .laporta can b the guy they traded for , thats the bat.

Also 10 k, two starts in a row for salazar? Nice start to mlb career. Mark derosa was claimed maybe it was tribe
August 8, 2013 - 1:29 PM EDT
Guilmet strikes out Cabrera tonite, other than that I am staying away from predictions. For September call-ups I want to see Moncrief, Lindor and Crockett. Hill still has nasty stuff, but throws too many balls, walks too many guys, the good hitters handle him. Repcyzinski as Antonetti's marquis deadline move is laughable or cryable, depending on your age and experience.
August 8, 2013 - 1:14 PM EDT
I've always liked Reynolds, since watching him come up here in Phoenix with the D'Backs and his resurgence with the O's. That emotional connect made it easy to applaud ShapAnt signing him.

Still, this is the right move. Nor has it been as one-sided awful as the numbers indicate. Tito moved him around from 1b to 3b (Still as scary bad as ever) as well as DH.

I wish it had been different. Yet, besides Carlos torrid start, this guy carried the club for month one - and - did provide mostly adequate D for Tito to figure out platooning that has kept the team relevant.

It's ironic that Rayburn has emerged as the extended super-sub and Gomes is just exploding with possibilities as batter mate extroidinare.

Unlike many here I do think Reynolds earned his game checks, and that the team is in a stronger position without him - in part because of him.

However, this is hardly the news I was hoping for @ this time in the season following what has been a wrenching mangling at the hands of the superior Tigers.

My final thoughts are no hard feelings Mark R and happy trails.

August 8, 2013 - 12:18 PM EDT
Indians have said they won't play Gomes at first or third unless in emergency. They want him to concentrate solely on catching....which obviously seems to be working for him this year.
August 8, 2013 - 12:17 PM EDT
Guilmet is up because he is a short term callup. Likely to go right back down for a bat. If they did that with Wood then he becomes unavailable for 10 days after being optioned out. Wood is a longer term option, guys like Langwell/Guilmet are pen depth and short term fill ins right now (at least for this year).
Crizno Rulez
August 8, 2013 - 12:12 PM EDT
Attention Matt LaPorta - this is your FINAL chance... If they even decide its worth the trouble that is.

On another note can Gomes play 1B/3B at all? I know he had reps there in the Jays system but he is worse than Reynolds?

August 8, 2013 - 12:11 PM EDT
Why call up Guilmet instead of Blake Wood?
August 8, 2013 - 12:01 PM EDT
LOL. He gone!

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