I tend to discount rumors that reporters tweet, but this one Tuesday afternoon from the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff caught my attention:
Mark Reynolds was non-tendered by the Orioles after a disappointing season in which he hit 23 home runs and batted just .221. He made $7.5 million in 2012, and Davidoff obviously expects him to make about the same in 2013.
Reynolds is an all-or-nothing hitter — he’s hit 30 or more home runs in three of his six major league seasons, but he’s also struck out 200+ three times. The other problem is that Reynolds has played all of two games in the outfield in his career; he’s mostly a third baseman, and he’s obviously blocked there by David Wright.
Despite all of the negatives, the idea of Mark Reynolds intrigues me. Obviously the Mets need power, and Reynolds should provide that. He’s also only 29 years old, so there is perhaps the possibly that he could get better.
I would take a chance on Reynolds on a one-year deal at around $5 million. I would be surprised if he gets much more than that from anyone.