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Report: Indians to sign Mark Reynolds to one-year deal

Dec 9, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

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According to the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly, the Indians and Mark Reynolds have agreed to terms, with an announcement set to come early this week.

MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli says it’s a one-year deal worth $6 million that can reach $7.5 million with incentives.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported the two sides were close to a deal.

Reynolds moved from third base to first last season and hit .221/.335/.429 with 23 homers and 69 RBI for the Orioles. He had his best season with the Diamondbacks in 2009, hitting .260/.349/.543 with 44 homers and 102 RBI. That was also the year he set a major league record by striking out 223 times.

The Indians were pursuing Kevin Youkilis over Reynolds, but either they grew tired of waiting on Youk or they think they can find room for both between first, third and the DH spot. While Reynolds is more valuable at first than third, Youkilis is still a capable third baseman. Youkilis is also being pursued by the Yankees.

Update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal thinks this takes the Indians out of the mix for Youkilis. He has the Yankees, Mariners, Dodgers and maybe others in on Youkilis.

  1. djeg07 - Dec 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    decent move, for now. more likely trade bait in july!

    • dcfan4life - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Dont the Indians have enough guys in their lineup who strike out a lot though?

      • djeg07 - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        they dumped a few of them, but do you sacrifice k’s for the power? if francona can put him in the right situation in the line up then it might recreate his 2009 season. but like I said before, he will be gone by august fo rmore prospects, meantime jimenez will still be pitching solidly—poor.

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    If that’s the case with Reynolds, then it looks like Youkilis will be a Yankee in 2013. And that’s a good thing.

  3. rhmurphy - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Is Lonnie Chisenhall out of the picture? Serious question, not snark.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      No, the plan is for Chisenhall at third base, at least against righties.

  4. 13arod - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    sign both stuiped indians mark reyands can play 1st or DH

    • jerze2387 - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Irony: when caling somebody stupid, the person spells “stupid” wrong.

      • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        Irony 2.0: when pointing out somebody’s spelling error, the person spells “calling” incorrectly.

      • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        Solution: U tlk Twitr as mch as pssibl insted

      • jerze2387 - Dec 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        I completely missed my own typo *facepalm*

  5. jsally430 - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    why do they hate Lonnie chisenhall?

    • Kevin Gillman - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      They don’t, Lonnie is going to be the everyday 3rd baseman, while Mark will play 1st base.

  6. Kevin Gillman - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Let’s give the Indians some credit here though, they did not wait, and in the process upgraded their offense. I still believe Youkilis can choose the Indians and they can mix and match 1B and DH. I also think they should do the same thing with Cody Ross, while Swisher is trying to decide where to play.

    • psousa1 - Dec 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      I don’t think Swisher is ‘deciding’ where to play. I think he has gotten a dose of reality. Yankees couldn’t wait for that contract to expire. They would probably prefer an orange cone in right field – probably would get the same or slightly better defense out of the cone.

      Not a market for him…………….

  7. AlabamaFanRollTide - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Cody Ross or Youk arent coming to that team

  8. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    So much for the starry-eyed who thought the Feesh would make a serious play for Reynolds. They’ve been saying they were looking for someone with some pop to “protect” the Iron Giant but there’s no one with any “pop” left out there that they would want to pay for.

    But really, who in their right minds would come and play for this bunch of their own free will?

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Gator- You left out “unless they had no other options” from your last sentence, a position those of us in the Wigwam frequently find ourselves.

      • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        There’s always the bottle of vodka in the cabinet and the bottle of tranquilizers in the medicine drawer, preferably in synergy. Drastic? Yes, but it’s not time to report yet. Talk to the poor bastard in question, whoever he turns out to be, in the middle of February.

  9. paperlions - Dec 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    You know….if the Phillies signed Reynolds, it would have been cheaper, and he’s better than Young….they are equally horrible defenders at 3B (but at least Reynolds can play 1B), but Reynolds is the far superior offensive player. There were a lot of alternatives to Young, all of them more likely to turn out better.

  10. nittanybluehen - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    And the Orioles continue to nothing in free agency. Make the playoffs for the first time in 15 years and proceed to rest on your laurels as everyone else in the division gets better. Good move.

    Not saying losing Reynolds is the end of the world, but they need to do something. So far all they’ve done is lose Saunders and Reynolds. No additions to make the team better.

    • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Long way to go till the opener. And don’t forget – Peter Angelos is a genius.

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