Indians Sign Mark Reynolds to One Year Contract
Mike Brandyberry | On 09, Dec 2012
The Cleveland Indians have signed Mark Reynolds to a one year contract, valued at $6 million according to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com. The free-swinging, right-handed bat will most likely fill the first base void with the Indians. The Tribe had been previously pursuing free agent, Kevin Youkilis for the same role.
Reynolds, who will be 29-years old on Opening Day, hit .221 with 23 home runs and 69 runs batted in last season with the Baltimore Orioles. Reynolds had previously been primarily a third baseman with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Orioles but became a rather solid, defensive option at first base. The right handed, power bat will provide some offense by way of the home run threat, but will also strike out an incredible amount. Reynolds struck out 159 times last season, down from 196 in 2011 and three straight seasons of 200+ whiffs from 2008-2010.
The Tribe continues to remain dedicated to Lonnie Chisenhall at third base, so Reynolds is expected to play first base and designated hitter. Cleveland remains in pursuit of free agent Nick Swisher to help an offense that was the league’s worst against left-handed pitching in 2011. With their two-year $18 million offer to Youkilis off the table, the Tribe may have additional funds to up their offer.
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