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Diamondbacks-Rockies swap Matt Reynolds, Ryan Wheeler

Nov 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

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A few weeks after acquiring Heath Bell, the Diamondbacks made another addition to their bullpen on Tuesday, picking up lefty Matt Reynolds from the Diamondbacks for infielder Ryan Wheeler.

Reynolds, 28, had a nice debut with the Rockies in 2010 but was pretty mediocre since, amassing a 4.09 ERA in 2011 and a 4.40 ERA in 2011. While he’s been used primarily as a specialist, he’s only been a bit better against lefties (.262/.309/.459) than righties (.259/.323/.506) in his career. The Diamondbacks are apparently banking on the fact that he’s been quite a bit better on the road (.210/.290/.435) than in Coors Field (.294/.333/.514) in his career.

Wheeler, 24, came up this year and hit .239/.294/.339 with one homer in 109 at-bats for the Diamondbacks. He hit .351/.388/.572 in 362 at-bats for Triple-A Reno before his callup, but that was in a very friendly offensive environment. He hit .294/.358/.465 in Double-A in 2011.

Wheeler is a long shot to make it as a regular — his glove won’t be a big asset at third and he probably won’t have the bat for first — but he makes plenty of sense for a Rockies team that isn’t quite set at either corner infield position. Plus, now the team can find someone better than Reynolds for a specialist role, if it opts to carry a specialist at all.

  1. nprakash5 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I have not seen a team send as many 3rd basemen out on trades as the Diamondbacks have done in the last year or so!

    • tuberippin - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Make way for Matt Davidson

  2. mazblast - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I had a hard time figuring out who these guys are. There are so many players named Matt, Ryan, Wheeler, and/or Reynolds…

  3. adcoop22 - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    That and all white people look the same.

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