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  1. Markford Reynolds and the Arizona Diamondbacks <3

    Mark Grace <3

    The Diamondbacks <3

    Comment by Nick — July 7, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  2. Lobbying a Chase Headley Reynolds swap package. Chase could profile much better in “chase field” and Mark would absolutely hep provide protection for Adrian. It COULD possibly be appealing to bring in Headley in a package to go a bit younger/cheaper while still getting worth in return, possibly another arm as well. I maintain that Headley would fair much better in Az. away from Petco park. I have watched several of Headley’s balls die out in Petco, he could easily have 9-10 HR, has 11 SB and is hitting 270 playing a very solid defensive 3rd base. Of course I have an agenda/bias.. lol I am a Padre fan.

    Comment by mickeykoke — July 7, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  3. If you take Reynolds out of Arizona, you might not like what you get. This year, he’s hitting .182/.288/.365 away from Arizona.

    For his career, in 25 games at Petco (113 PA), Reynolds has hit .260/.310/.481.

    Comment by Bobby Mueller — July 7, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

  4. >.800 OPS at Petco is pretty good, right?

    Comment by kbertling353 — July 7, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

  5. and by “>” I actually meant “~”

    Comment by kbertling353 — July 7, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  6. “Now if only he could field.”

    Well, he has a 5.1 UZR/150 this year, and it’s been steadily improving over the years.

    Comment by Marc — July 8, 2010 @ 1:41 am

  7. Might want to check that again.

    Comment by marcello — July 8, 2010 @ 1:58 am

  8. Same answer.

    Comment by Marc — July 8, 2010 @ 2:07 am

  9. No, -you- might.

    YEAR UZR/150
    2008 -11.3
    2009 -7.4
    2010 5.1

    (only 3B numbers considered)

    Comment by ykw — July 8, 2010 @ 2:19 am

  10. I don’t understand M

    Comment by Carligula — July 8, 2010 @ 2:42 am

  11. I don’t understand Mark Reynolds. With such an extreme approach, there has to be a way to pitch him to render him useless – right? Maybe “don’t throw him a strike, ever”? Why is this not standard practice, and how long before it becomes standard practice?

    Comment by Carligula — July 8, 2010 @ 2:45 am

  12. @Carligula
    It’s probably because Mark Reynolds isn’t Jeff Francoeur aka “swings at everything and puts himself in a huge hole because of it.” Reynolds walk percentage has trended upwards every year he’s been in the majors, with a career high of 12.7% this year. And with his strikeout percentage being a whopping 41.7%, I would, as a former (college) pitcher myself, know that I have a pretty good chance at striking him out at least once that night.

    So, knowing that:
    A) there’s a pretty good chance he’ll strike out,
    B) he walks at a pretty good rate and I don’t want to put anyone on base, and
    C) I dont want to fall into a hitter’s count and put myself in a position where I HAVE to throw him a strike;
    unless it’s a close game and it would behoove me to pitch around him, I’m going right after him with strike-1 and strike-2. I still realize that it’s high risk, but the reward (striking him out vs putting him on) is too good for me to pass up. It’s just the chance you take.

    Comment by John — July 8, 2010 @ 3:06 am

  13. Most people think Reynolds is a poor fielder.

    But if you have actually watched him play in the last couple of years, he made most of his errors on plays that are considered routine.

    What most people don’t know about is that he seemingly made most of the plays that are very difficult.

    H’s worked on reducing his mistakes since, and it’s showing.

    Comment by Saga — July 8, 2010 @ 5:39 am

  14. Reynolds is awesome. The best thing I enjoy about him is picking him up a round late in fantasy drafts because nobody wants to eat that .220-.240 BA. Love me some Mark Reynolds. =]

    Comment by Weston Taylor — July 8, 2010 @ 5:44 am

  15. To me his only value comes from his position. As strictly a first baseman, he would be a complete non-entity.

    Comment by Stu — July 8, 2010 @ 8:50 am

  16. Thanks for that gem of non-wisdom.

    I didn’t realize that his line last year (were one to have used him exclusively as a 1B) made him a complete non-entity.

    98 / 44 / 102 / 24 / .260 / .892

    .381 wOBA, 130 wRC+

    Obviously he is more valuable as a 3B, but he would not be valueless as a 1B.

    Comment by spindoctor — July 8, 2010 @ 10:28 am

  17. It’s amazing how far Reynolds has come in the field. Going from a well below average 3B to one of the better fielding 3Bs. Yeah, I know about UZR sample size and whatnot, but just watching him, he’s made HUGE strides in the field.

    And ever since he’s changed his swing mechanics a week ago, he’s been hitting better. .971 OPS in the last 7 games. But that could just be one of those Mark Reynolds hot streaks.

    Comment by Jdub — July 8, 2010 @ 11:21 am

  18. He’s cool and all, but ’09 might have been his ceiling.

    About a month ago I traded him and Jamie Garcia for Youk and a couple good/great OFs (though one of em, Choo, just hit the DL, quite unluckily).

    Comment by Drew — July 8, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  19. In a name, Adam Dunn

    Comment by Jon — July 8, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

  20. Last year, we went to a DBacks-Royals game in KC. Scherzer and Grienke had a pretty good duel going. Reynolds had struck out twice, and was going for a hat trick. Count was 3-2 and we were all thinking “Here it is”, and then BAM, slider nailed deep over the left-center fence for a 3-run homer, and Grienke is out of the game.

    Batters often talk about a “blind spot” just in front of the plate where they lose the ball for a “small amount of time” (duh). It makes me wonder if Reynolds blind spot is larger than other hitters.

    He seems to either make really good contact, or none at all … which makes no sense. He’s not a mechanical mess, as far as I know he doesn’t need glasses, and despite having a lot of power in his swing, he doesn’t seem to overswing.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — July 8, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  21. I don’t think anyone will dispute a 44 HR ceiling :)

    Comment by spindoctor — July 8, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  22. There is no way in Hell we’d trade Chase Headley for Mark Reynolds.

    Comment by Phil — July 8, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

  23. “Now if only he could field.”


    Common misconception. He’s 9th among qualified MLB 3Bs in UZR/150 this year.

    Comment by Phil — July 8, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  24. All I know is that his first big payday will sure be interesting.

    “He hits a lot of home runs, and walks a lot, too.”
    “But holy shit he whiffs a lot, and his fielding sucks.”
    “His fielding doesn’t suck.”

    My guess is he’ll either end up as the Rays 1B for about $2 million / yr, or the Phillies 3B for $20 million a year.

    Comment by Joe R — July 8, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  25. There is probably no way Az. would trade Reynolds fore Headley, even in a package.

    Comment by mickeykoke — July 9, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

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