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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Former Oriole Mark Reynolds signs one-year deal with Indians

Has he no idea how this change could affect his delicate SCHLORP and THUNDERCORK numbers!?

Mark Reynolds, who spent the past two seasons as a starting corner infielder with the Orioles, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $6 million plus incentives with the Cleveland Indians, according to an industry source.

Reynolds, 29, hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs in 135 games last year after a 2011 season in which he hit a team-leading 37 homers in 155 games.

The Orioles held an $11 million option on Reynolds for 2013 that the club declined this offseason, preferring instead to buy it out for $500,000. They also could have taken him to arbitration this winter—where he likely would have made roughly $9 million after earning $7.5 million last season—but instead did not offer him a contract, allowing him to become a free agent. At the time, club executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team was not opposed to bringing him back, but would first allow him to test his value on the open market.

It became pretty clear that the Orioles were moving on when they didn’t attempt to make Reynolds an offer before non-tendering him a contract and when they did not meet with his representatives during baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville.

Repoz Posted: December 09, 2012 at 10:03 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM (#4320537)
Initially I was surprised he only got one year but then I looked at those 2012 numbers. Keep those in mind next time you're tempted to bring out the phrase "X is not a playoff-caliber 1B". :-)
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 09, 2012 at 11:48 PM (#4320581)
The final piece!
   3. Greg K Posted: December 10, 2012 at 05:28 AM (#4320721)
Initially I was surprised he only got one year but then I looked at those 2012 numbers. Keep those in mind next time you're tempted to bring out the phrase "X is not a playoff-caliber 1B". :-)

It was quite the down year for him. Didn't even lead the league in strikeouts!
   4. Shoebo Posted: December 10, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4320745)
Reynolds actually looks to have been a little unlucky with his BIP in 2012. His LD% popped back up to 17% after two years at 13%. Also his HR/FB % was his lowest since 2008. His Strike looking percentage jumped from 23% to 27% while his strike swinging percentage dropped from 28 to 24%. Maybe trying to make more contact is not his thing.

"Swing away Merrell"

   5. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 10, 2012 at 09:22 AM (#4320747)
Even if last year is what Reynolds is going to be, that's still approximately eleventy gajillion times better than Kotchman was. Ick.
   6. BDC Posted: December 10, 2012 at 09:38 AM (#4320760)
Comps for Reynolds, through age 28, centered on him in terms of OPS+ and PAs, guys with power who strike out a lot, ranked by WAR Fielding Runs:

Player            Rfield OPS+  SLG   SO   PA  HR  SB      Pos
Sammy Sosa           107  107 .469 1027 4374 207 199   
*98/7D
Alex Gordon           36  112 .439  641 3053  82  56 
*75/3D96
Austin Kearns         32  106 .435  631 3127 102  26    
*9/87
Travis Fryman         29  106 .444  931 4792 149  58    
*56/D
Jose Cruz             
-6  104 .467  680 3099 134  86   *87/9D
Derrek Lee           
-15  115 .474  886 4002 162  63       *3
Pete Incaviglia      
-15  107 .445  979 3474 146  29  *79D/83
Nick Swisher         
-18  114 .460  665 3119 133   7  9387/D1
Preston Wilson       
-41  110 .486  750 3033 140 102    *8/79
Rickie Weeks         
-52  108 .435  755 3338 109 100     *4/D
Dean Palmer          
-53  107 .471  807 3282 163  29   *5/7D6
Mark Reynolds        
-65  109 .475 1122 3443 181  49  *53/D49
Ben Grieve           
-79  113 .443  777 3718 118  24      97D 


I think the one thing I really learn from this list is how absolutely immobile Nick Swisher is on the bases. Even now he has barely more SB per game in the majors than his father did.
   7. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM (#4320768)
I forgot about Palmer. He really is the perfect comp.

I like Reynolds, but the handwringing over this decision by some orioles fans is bizarre. Reynolds didn't provide much value last year, and while bringing him back for a year at $6M wouldn't have been a bad move, it's hardly going to make or break this team. If anything, this decision shows that Duquette isn't just assuming that the orioles are going to repeat what they did last year and that no moves are necessary (although it would be nice if they picked up another hitter...I'd love to get Youkilis for a year).
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4320783)
I think the one thing I really learn from this list is how absolutely immobile Nick Swisher is on the bases.

Which is funny, b/c he doesn't appear slow in the OF. Maybe he just has no instincts for reading a pitcher's move, a la Bernie Williams.
   9. Belfry Bob Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM (#4320810)
I like Reynolds, but the handwringing over this decision by some orioles fans is bizarre. Reynolds didn't provide much value last year, and while bringing him back for a year at $6M wouldn't have been a bad move, it's hardly going to make or break this team.


I don't think it's major handwringing, but an undercurrent of concern. This does really put a hurt on team depth, and I'm not sure where DD is going to find this 'other hitter' that the club really needs. Mark seemed like a good one-more-year pickup to me.
   10. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM (#4320815)
I'm not sure where DD is going to find this 'other hitter' that the club really needs


I'd target Scott Hairston. Right-handed bat, and it would be useful to not have to stick Chris Davis in the outfield if someone goes down.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4320818)
Vlad Guerrero is available.
   12. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM (#4320825)
Is Lance Berkman retiring?

Laroche isn't a bad option.
   13. The District Attorney Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4320855)
I forgot about Palmer. He really is the perfect comp.
I think of Reynolds as being like Russ Branyan. The big difference is that Reynolds hits righty, and it seems like he's actually worse defensively -- I never heard Branyan's fielding described in the same ghastly terms as Reynolds' 3B defense was in '11. Other than that, they're both power hitters, both 3B/1B, both strike out at record paces, and now Reynolds is hitting the same teams. (I suspect Branyan was better, honestly, but was less healthy and didn't catch any other breaks either.)
   14. Belfry Bob Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4320895)
Laroche isn't a bad option.

But he's going to cost a lot more, take multi years, and 'need' to play every day.

I saw Mark as a useful insurance policy. He's become quite the first sacker, and if he hits a bit better (which I think he will), he gives you a solid option. at 6M these days, that's a chance worth taking.
   15. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4320907)
But he's going to cost a lot more, take multi years, and 'need' to play every day.

As a free agent who rejected a qualifying offer, Laroche will also cost his new team a draft pick.
   16. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4320998)

Cleveland puts a lot of guys on, and doesn't hit any home runs. This makes sense as a cheap one year option. There's a strong sense of 'what's the point'?, but you need to put forth a token effort to win games.
   17. jmurph Posted: December 10, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4321002)
There's a strong sense of 'what's the point'?, but you need to put forth a token effort to win games.


Speaking of which, I took a look at their 2012 numbers at baseball reference earlier today, because "what's the point" was my first thought, too, so I wanted to see what their roster looked like. Holy god was their starting rotation awful last year. The ERA+ for their top 6 (by innings) pitchers:

79
72
92
71
61
65
   18. JJ1986 Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4321143)
Speaking of which, I took a look at their 2012 numbers at baseball reference earlier today, because "what's the point" was my first thought, too, so I wanted to see what their roster looked like. Holy god was their starting rotation awful last year. The ERA+ for their top 6 (by innings) pitchers:


I just went to look and saw that Roberto Hernandez made a few starts for them. He needs to at least use a middle initial.
   19. Chris Fluit Posted: December 10, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4321155)
I never heard Branyan's fielding described in the same ghastly terms as Reynolds' 3B defense was in '11. Other than that, they're both power hitters, both 3B/1B, both strike out at record paces, and now Reynolds is hitting the same teams.


Your first statement negates your second. Reynolds is not a third baseman and anyone who thinks of him as one is kidding themselves. However, he's passable at first base and, as an Orioles fan, I wouldn't have minded bringing him back for another year.

Now the Orioles very much need to sign another bat (if not two)- either someone who can play first base like the aforementioned Laroche or the oft-suggested Youkilis, or they have to pick up a full-time DH and hope that Davis gets better defensively by playing everyday.
   20. Shoebo Posted: December 10, 2012 at 07:44 PM (#4321324)
I've been making the Dean Palmer Mark Reynolds comp for years. HERE and HEREand HERE
   21. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: December 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4321331)
Judging entirely by his performance against the Yankees (more or less all in September), I would have expected him to be a $20 million/year guy.
   22. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: December 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4321349)
Roberto Hernandez made a few starts for them. He needs to at least use a middle initial.
I say we just call him Fausto Carmona and be done with it.
   23. spycake Posted: December 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4321471)
I say we just call him Fausto Carmona and be done with it.

By authority of BBTF, I hereby confer upon him the name of Fausto Carmona, as well as his past, present, future, and mother. And I further decree that everything will be just like it was before all this happened! And no one will ever mention it again... under penalty of torture.

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