Free Agency Watch: Mark Reynolds

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Today, Mark Reynolds is a key backup to keep a eye on due to his powerful bat and versatility in the infield at both corner spots. Reynolds also played some outfield. Reynolds is 32 years old and will most likely not demand much. He is finishing up a one year deal worth $2 mil. The Cardinals can resign him between $1 mil to $2 mil and maybe load it up with some incentives. He is a veteran on a veteran team that seems to fit the clubhouse.

In addition, Reynolds is coming off a decent year. He platoons with Matt Adams at 1st base. Reynolds hits the lefties and Adams hits the right handers. Reynolds played a lot of games due to Adams missing at least three fourths of the season. Reynolds played in 140 games and had 432 plate appearances while having a stat line of .230/.315/.398/.713. Reynolds hit 13 home runs and collected 48 RBIs. Also, the Pikeville, Kentucky native tallied up 88 base hits with 21 of them winding up as doubles.

Finally, I can see the Cardinals resigning Reynolds to a one year deal similar to the contract he just finished up. Now, other teams could look at him to split reps at 1st base due to his success against left handed pitching. Power off the bench helps when you need that one swing. Now, The one other team could be the Orioles (Reynolds played there from 2011-2012) because Chris Davis is a free agent and who knows if the Orioles can afford to resign him with Manny Machado due for a long term deal.

 Prediction: Reynolds stays in St.Louis. Also, takes less money to try and get a ring.

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