Reports: Brewers closing in on deal with 1B Mark Reynolds | Disciples of Uecker

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Don’t look now, but the Brewers are lighting up the free agency market. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Brewers are making a push to sign first baseman Mark Reynolds,¬†and now multiple media outlets, including Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and’s Adam McCalvy, have confirmed that the deal is close to done.

Reports indicate that Reynolds will be signing a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that he is all but assured of a spot on the major league roster.

Earlier in the week, Milwaukee signed outfielder Greg Golson and pitcher Zach Duke to minor league contracts with invitations to major league camp.

In 504 plate appearances over 135 games between the Indians and Yankees in 2013, Reynolds, 30, hit .220/.306/.393 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI. His 21 homers was his lowest total in that category since his rookie season of 2007, when he hit 17.

Much like Juan Francisco, another first base option for the Brewers, Reynolds is well-known for two things: striking out and hitting for power. Over a seven-year career, Reynolds has a 32.3 K%–second-highest all-time minimum 3,000 plate appearances–to go along with 202 homers and 162 doubles. He led the league in strikeouts for four consecutive seasons from 2008-2011, but also hit 141 during that stretch, the fifth-most of any hitter in baseball. Since 2008, he leads all hitters in strikeouts.

Reynolds makes his mark offensively, but struggles on the defensive end. Over 251 career games at first, he has a DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) of -16 and a UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) of -18.5, per FanGraphs.

The first base job is still unclaimed for the Brewers, who lost Corey Hart to free agency, were unable to sign James Loney, and stalled in trade talks for Ike Davis of the Mets. Reynolds brings a right-handed bat to join the left-handed Francisco and fellow right-handers Sean Halton and Jason Rogers.

Reynolds will have the opportunity to compete for the everyday first base job as the Brewers are still searching for answers at the position that has been their biggest question this off-season.


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  1. Erik Ludwig says: January 16, 2014

    Hmmm, I am not quite as in depth in the numbers & sabermetrics, but as a season ticket holder for the Nashville Sounds I have seen Sean Halton handle the bat as well as the bag at 1st extremely well & just can not comprehend why he is not being considered as a legitimate option at 1st. I believe he was unjustly ousted from 1st to the outfield by an overhyped Hunter Morris last year.

    • AJ says: January 16, 2014

      I don’t understand how Morris can be overhyped when not given a chance yet. He & Rodgers deserve consideration as options. I too like Halton. I see this Reynolds signing as (Doug finally doing Something) ….or just a righthanded option/platoon w/ Juan. (Seems he’s just like him from the other side of the plate. Defensively equal?). & possibly a bit of insurance for Aramis at 3rd; let’s face it, he may not hold up..sigh, gotta have faith. Go Crew.

      • Curt Hogg says: January 16, 2014

        I think that the organization is sending a message that they don’t feel Morris is ready and their hype on him has died. If you’re not big league ready as a hitter at 25, you better be super close or find something out really fast. I think that’s where Morris is at. At this point, Reynolds is the most reliable day-to-day option. Don’t let the strikeouts be a blinder–he’s still a better hitter than Halton. Rogers will probably get his shot next year, or even later this year.

  2. L says: January 17, 2014

    I kind of get tired of the Brewers valuing big power players with questionable plate discipline (high strikeout rates) as well as suspect defensive ability. Can’t we find someone who may not have great power, but doesn’t create out because they’re always getting on base? I value players who can maintain a high career OBP w/ solid defensive numbers despite a lower than average power verses a player who may have a nice OPS with a low-ish OBP and below average defensive capabilities — that’s just me though.

    • S says: January 17, 2014

      True, but for a while they’ve have trouble bringing guys home. OBP is great to have, but when you can’t bring guys home that’s a pretty big issue. Even without mentioning the pitching problem there were quite a few games that they could have won if they would of been able to actually bring guys home.

      • L says: January 17, 2014

        But part of that problem is that the Brewers haven’t valued acquiring a team of players who have outstanding plate discipline and can get on base through working the pitcher into serving up friendly pitches for easy hits or simply getting walked onto base. Having just one guy like that is nice but you need several to make good use of it; otherwise, that player will be stranded on base like you say because the next guy up is more concerned with trying to make contact and crush the ball out of the park instead of working the pitcher into more favorable situations where a skillful bat and eye can limit the risk of an out or easy out.

  3. Big Lance says: January 24, 2014

    WHY!!! No one else wants him


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