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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Brewers sign Mark Reynolds to minor-league contract

The Brewers have signed 1B/3B Mark Reynolds to a minor-league contract that includes an invite to major-league spring training, the team announced on Friday. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported that the Brewers were angling to land Reynolds.

Heyman adds that Reynolds’s deal is for $2 million plus $500,000 in possible incentives if he makes the roster. As far as making the roster goes, Reynolds is, according to Heyman, “all but a lock” to be on the Brewers’ 25-man.

Reynolds, 30, hit .220/.306/.393 (96 OPS+) with 21 home runs in 135 games for the Indians and Yankees in 2013. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 108 and 202 homers across parts of seven major-league seasons.

Thanks to Ed.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2014 at 02:02 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 18, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4641585)
Reynolds did a good job for the Yankees after being picked up late last season. He's a very good backup player to have, can play three infield positions, and still has game-breaking power.

As an everyday player, he's overmatched, which I suspect the Brewers will discover soon enough.
   2. Bug Selig Posted: January 18, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4641608)
First, absolutely. Third, kinda. What's the other one?
   3. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: January 18, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4641620)
11 innings at 2B.
   4. RJ in TO Posted: January 18, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4641628)
As an everyday player, he's overmatched, which I suspect the Brewers will discover soon enough.


At 1B last year, the Brewers used Juan Francisco, Alex Gonzalez, Blake Lalli, Sean Halton, Yuniesky Betancourt, and both catchers, for a combined line of .206/.259/.370. Even if Reynolds is overmatched as a regular, he's still an upgrade over that mess.
   5. Danko Posted: January 18, 2014 at 07:23 PM (#4641690)
The Brewers' situation at 1B last year had to be one of the worst at that position in the history of the sport. As bad as Yuniesky Betancourt, First Baseman is, the idea of 36-year-old Alex Gonzalez, First Baseman is even worse. The concept of 'replacement value' assumes that any team can basically dig up a 1B who can put up a 95 OPS+ for free, on-demand, but the Brewers' situation shows explicitly that this isn't always the case.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 18, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4641707)
. . . for a combined line of .206/.259/.370.

Better than Pete Rose's .586 OPS final season.
   7. donlock Posted: January 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM (#4641831)
For a player considered as bad defensively, Reynolds has only DH'd 32 times in his career out of 966 games. I gather he hates the DH and this time chose a NL team. My guess is we will soon be hearing how valuable he will be for the Brewers and , coming from the AL, will be able to DH in Interleague games.

I wouldn't be surprised if Aramis Ramirez needed to move over to 1st at some point this year. Reynolds is a much better 1b than 3b so I hope they don't switch positions.
   8. escabeche Posted: January 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4641836)
There is simply no way Amaris Ramriez needs to not be playing 3b as much as Mark Reynolds needs to not be playing 3b.
   9. staring out the window and waiting for fenderbelly Posted: January 19, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4641906)
The Brewers need a 1B but not nearly as much as they need some SP. Gallardo fell off the cliff last year and they have nothing to back it up.
   10. TerpNats Posted: January 19, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4641960)
The Nats were interested in Reynolds, but perhaps couldn't guarantee him sufficient playing time. Is Jeff Baker still available?
   11. zonk Posted: January 19, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4641974)
On a minor league deal, this sounds perfectly fine. I'm actually a bit surprised that's all Reynolds could get but I guess he's fallen pretty sharply.

Still, when you were forced to play Yuniesky Betancourt at 1B - adding players like this is sort of a MUST DO. Like 5 said -- the Brewers ought to audition a lot of these sorts of folks just to ensure that they aren't forced into playing offensive black hole shortstops at 1B.
   12. morineko Posted: January 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM (#4641980)
Brewers don't really need new SP. Lohse and Estrada are the #1 and #2 on this staff. Mike Fiers, Hiram Burgos and Alfredo Figaro hopefully won't get hurt again this year, supposedly Will Smith can start, Tyler Thornburg can definitely start, Jimmy Nelson is about ready, Donovan Hand is better than you think, and Johnny Hellweg...well, whatever he is, he's around. Really, all the Brewers have to do is make sure that Wily Peralta stops walking the ballpark.
   13. vivaelpujols Posted: January 20, 2014 at 01:17 AM (#4642456)
It's funny, if Reynolds were 10% better as a player, he'd probably still have a starting job and would have a shot at 400+ career home runs.
   14. jingoist Posted: January 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4642575)
"It's funny, if Reynolds were 10% better as a player, he'd probably still have a starting job and would have a shot at 400+ career home runs."

Ah, yes: the "magic 10%"

My wife thinks we'd be a much happier couple if I was 10% better at doing my household chores without her constantly reminding me to do so.

   15. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: January 20, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4642586)
It's only technically a minor league deal, a way to postpone using the 40 man spot. He's making the Brewers...
   16. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4642591)
fangraphs took swipes at Melvin for not looking to trade guys like lohse or Ramirez

Given aramis contract, coming off injury and his age that is a dumb suggestion. Doug would get maybe .15 cents on the dollar which is worse than playing the guy and seeing the market come July

Lohse is the only starter with history of success. I know it's all hip to advocate teams tank but Milwaukee's base talent core of talent is not bad enough to win only 62 games.

   17. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: January 20, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4642767)
Too bad the Brewers couldn't ever convert any of those CC Sabathia compensation draft picks into a single useful player. The Brewers apparently wanted Mike Trout, but the Angels got him by virtue of the fact Mark Texeria was rated higher than CC in the FA compensation system. The Brewers had to take the Yankees #2 pick, while LAA got the Yankees #1 pick.

Being unable to draft well in the first 3 rounds since 2007 has killed the Brewers system much more than those trades they made. In fact that Grienke trade netted more young talent than they gave up. Lawrie is overrated and LaPorta was useless for Cleveland.
   18. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 20, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4642828)
the brewers poor drafting over the last several years has been a millstone on the organization

   19. Bug Selig Posted: January 20, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4642891)
11 innings at 2B.


Oh, God. That had to be Michael Young-ian.
   20. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: January 20, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4642894)
Reynolds was drafted as, and played his first few years in the minors as a shortstop. His last year there in high-A he had a .963 fielding percentage in 32 games.

The thing is with Reynolds, unlike a lot of players of his type, he's quite athletic actually. The 24 for 33 stealing in 2009 highlights this. His defensive problems at third base have been a mystery. He ought to be quite good there, but something is clearly wrong.
   21. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: January 20, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4642929)
. . . for a combined line of .206/.259/.370.

Better than Pete Rose's .586 OPS final season.


Not much. Rose at least had his OBP north of .300 (.316 to be exact). The respective OPS+ are a lot closer than the raw number.
   22. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: January 21, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4642965)
I get that Reynolds was a SS and he's athletic...but 3b is no joke. It's not the same as SS.
   23. bookbook Posted: January 21, 2014 at 02:37 AM (#4642985)
Michael Morse was a SS through AAA. Danny the DH Tartabull was a SS in the minors. Even if Mark Reynolds had been a passable SS at 23--which he wasn't--he probably wouldn't be one at 30.
   24. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: January 21, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4643041)
I wonder why he wasn't been tried in RF.
   25. Greg K Posted: January 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4643066)
Brewers apparently sign Overbay to a minor league deal too. I'm assuming they are covering their bases in preparation for 18 injured 1B again this year.
   26. Ron J2 Posted: January 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM (#4643209)
#21 And OPS+ underrates the relative importance of OBP.

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