I think Reynolds is a player that could actually be decent at LF, although I have no idea how difficult that type of switch that would be. He seems to have a decent arm and enough speed to have range, and his bat plays in LF. The O’s have reimold there, and should probably actually give him a full season there, so I’d like to see them sell Reynolds as a possible LF/DH/1B/3B player, with a decent bat, that I think got around 3 WAR before the loss in WAR for fielding. (Baseball Reference).
I think the Yankees should try and get him. Ibanez has looked terrible this spring and Branyan hasn’t played due to injury. Reynolds could be the full time DH and provide some flexibility in that he could play some time at the corners (although not to much time hopefully).
The Braves are a not terrible fit in the NL. They don’t have a RH 1B option, Chipper is sure to miss some days at 3B, and they got Uggla specifically to add more RH power last year. With Hinske, Sutton, and Diaz all looking like OF options off the bench, they might have a spot.
With the rumored asking price for Adam Jones though, I’d hate to hear what the O’s think a Mark Reynolds is worth.
Signing Derrick Lee, Vlad Guerrero and Proven Closer Kevin Gregg marked the end of any sincere attempt to rebuild. The jury is out on whether trading for Tommy Hunter and Dana Eveland and Jason Hammel while signing Wilson Betemit and Endy Chavez can reasonably be said to mark the beginning of a new one.
Asking for young pieces instead of an overrated Sp and a utility guy who doesn’t fit with the Os means they asked for too much? It just wasn’t a fit is all. Plus u still have to like AJ s upside, especially on a rebuild team
I think the Rockies would be a good landing place. With there lineup he could bat 6th through 8th and with the best shortstop in baseball right now he would not have to cover a lot of ground. They have plenty of infield players they could give the O’s in return, Herrera, Nelson and Young plus who ever they may have in the minors.
AJ is an adequate but not good CF with an adequate but not great bat; that combination is valuable but not worth that price. Asking for young pieces makes sense for the O’s, asking for young pieces plus the other two established guys doesnt. I made sure in my first post to use the term “rumored”.
I hope so. While my hopes of Adam Lind being the player that he was in 2009 fade a little more each day, I’d rather have him than Reynolds. He showed flashes of that form last year. His second half was terrible. While considered a minus defender, his glove is a million times better than Reynolds and while his BABIP was in the same neighbourhood ad Reynolds’ walk rate is much better, I’ll still take Lind over Reynolds because he strikes out a lot less. I wasn’t a fan of JP Ricciardi, but the one thing I agreed with him on was that Adam Dunn was a pile of crap. I don’t want guys like Reynolds and Dunn on my team. I don’t care if they club 40 homeruns a season. I had players who swing and miss more often than they put balls in play.
Plus, I strongly disagree that Mark Reynolds is an upgrade from Encarnacion. E5 is a better hitter and a better defender. If you lose out in the who-has-a-better-glove sweepstakes with E5 as your competition, you probably don’t deserve a job.
What team wouldn’t jump at the chance to add a guy that will set a team record strikeouts almost guaranteed??
Comment by Hurtlockertwo — March 23, 2012 @ 4:53 pm
I love how Klaassen first concluded that Reynolds wouldn’t fit on a team thats not looking to contend, went down the line looking at what contender would be a good fit, and ended up at a team that was 63-99 last year as the place he would fit best.
I think that an underlying problem with Reynolds may not being making him marketable to another FO, but to other coaching staffs and fan bases. I’m sure he really frustrates the fans of the team he is on. I can’t help but wonder how much a FO would consider the backlash from those two groups when considering trading for an error machine and strikeout master like Reynolds.
Comment by Keystone Heavy — March 23, 2012 @ 5:03 pm
I’m really shocked that you brought up the Twins but not the Indians. Given the extreme left handedness of the team as a whole, and the lack of power, Reynolds could make sense. If LaPorta was kept in AAA for the year then Reynolds could in theory platoon with Kotchman at 1B, and Hafner at DH and possibly 3B, depending on if the team is willing to carry three of them or wants to send Chisenhall back to Columbus.
The guy must be better than Shelley Duncan and LaPorta, and could provide interesting competition with Russ Canzler.
This oversight has me a little disappointed Mr. Klaassen
The Phillies have been widely speculated as a possible destination for Reynolds. However, just FYI, Roch Kubatko, has pretty much shot down even the notion that Reynolds is on the market. So, this conversation is may be for naught.
Comment by Tito Landrum — March 23, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
If morse or laroche are going to miss some time to start the year (both are recovering from injuries now), the Nats could be a fit. They could probably send lannan, who is expendible and a good budget counterweight to Reynolds price tag. they could even use him as a right handed platoon option with laroche, who has not been good against lhp in his career
They have open plate appearances at 3B, 1B, and pinch hitting and have expressed a desire for more RH power in the not so distant past. Their current backup to Freeman is the equally left handed Hinske so having Reynolds allows them to use the platoon and use Hinske as the PH/spot OF he is best at, their current backup to 3B is Prado which puts Diaz in the lineup. It’s not a perfect fit, but hte Braves could do worse.
To be fair, Reynolds makes some amazing plays at 3B. There are times you could believe he’s as good as anyone with the glove. But as his numbers show (and eyes can see), he also looks awful on lots of routine plays. That’s the real frustration with Reynolds’ defense: there are glimpses that the guy could be a solid defender, but they’re just barely enough to keep running him out there at 3B despite what is, on average, terrible defense. It’s the same underlying phenomenon that continually gives some “five tool prospects” jobs even after they’ve failed time-after-time at the MLB level.
Reynolds is consistently among the league leaders (worst) for fielding errors and throwing errors, even when you compare him to SS that have lots more total opps.
Comparing him to other 3B is leaguewide service to other 3B’s.
Matt in the field is similar to Matt at the plate … it’s all or nothing, and most of the time it’s nothing. The difference being that his amazing studff at the plate makes him somewhat valuable, his amazing stuff in the field doesn’t.
MR would be an interesting study at whether it’s lack of work ethic, lack of caring, or lack of ability. Like Azdrubal Cabrera it’s not the difficult plays that give him trouble, it’s the routine. Makes ya wonder if it’s a concentration issue or what given that a player that can make the spectacular *should* be able to make all of the routine plays.
Seeing MR on the CWS might be interesting … particularly if he bats behind Dunn. Feast or Famine could be the slogan of the year.
Comment by CircleChange11 — March 25, 2012 @ 5:35 pm
I highly doubt the Indians ground ball staff could handle Reynolds in the field. Also, highly unlikely the Indians would pay his salary.
What about Oakland? Reynold’s 8 mill might be a little bit of a hang up but maybe the O’s could pick up some of that salary and receive a better prospect package….Right now, Oakland’s 3rd base situation is abysmal after Scott Sizemore went down for the season with a torn ACL. They are going into opening season with Josh Donaldson (A AAA guy that is naturally a catcher with no 3rd base experience) as their starting 3rd baseman. I know the A’s are not contenders, but they are a power starved club that can desperately use a guy that can hit 30-35 jacks.
I’d say it’s a mental issue on the field. If he can make a spectacular play, he should be able to make the routine ones too. It could be a matter of thinking too much about the play before the play is made, then being too perfect, then trying even harder the next time. But on the harder play, he’s thinking about just one thing: making the play. He doesn’t have time to think
He’s got the ability, it’s a matter of just doing it. Again though, if it’s a mental issue, that can be harder to overcome then lack of ability itself. His mind could be his own worst enemy.
Maybe the Orioles should hire Lanny Bassham or something (a mental management coach/Olympic Gold Medalist).
I do not see the Twins as contenders at all. How about the Nationals at firstbase? I think Reynolds is a better hitter than Laroche.
Comment by kick me in the GO) NATS — March 26, 2012 @ 6:56 pm
Very interesting piece on my favorite non-Indian. I was sort of hoping the O’s would take Chris Perez for him in the off-season. Of course, this start he’s having isn’t making me look very smart right now. I still think he ends up with a better wRC+ than the Tribe’s primary first baseman or LF (Hannahan shouldn’t be going anywhere…I’m not all that high on Chisenhall anyway).
One thing to consider: while Reynolds certainly benefitted from his .338 BABIP in his career year, it’s worth noting that after that year, he’d logged almost 1700 PAs in the bigs and had a BABIP of over .330. It’s hard for me to think that ’09 was a total fluke at that point. I think that either someone messed with his swing and/or approach to try to cut down on his strikeouts, or maybe it just took big-league pitchers 1700 PAs to find a way to get him to make weaker contact.
That being said, he still posted a 116wRC+ last year. I think if he can stay out of his head (in the field and at the plate), he can still be a productive player.