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Indians designate Mark Reynolds for assignment

Aug 8, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Mark Reynolds was supposed to provide a big right-handed bat in the middle of the Indians lineup, but after signing for $6 million he’s hit just .215 with 15 homers and a career-low .680 OPS in 99 games.

And today the Indians designated him for assignment, cutting the 29-year-old loose following a 21-game stretch in which he hit .125 with zero homers and 28 strikeouts.

Reynolds has always had bad batting averages and huge strikeout totals, but until this season he’d topped a .750 OPS every year since debuting in 2007. He should be able to latch on somewhere else fairly quickly–perhaps back with the Orioles?–but at this point Reynolds may have to settle for a part-time role facing mostly left-handed pitching.

  1. bobulated - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants kick his tires.

  2. pisano - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    He’ll be with the Yankees in no time. The only reason they may not take him is he’s not 35+.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      If not, I willhave to assume Cashman and Co. have given up. And after being swept by the Whitesox, I wouldn’t necessarily blame them. They have been looking for a platoon partner for Overbay all year.

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Sadly, that 21-game stretch in which he hit .125 with zero homers and 28 strikeouts was all against left handers. That coincides with the return of Chisenhall from AAA.

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I honestly thought that 28 strikeouts in 21 games was good for Mark Reynolds

  4. dawgpoundjedi - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    What’s amazing is that almost all of those homers and RBI came in the first two months of the season. He was a BEAST for about 6 weeks and has been just awful since.

  5. 13arod - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    It wouldnt suprise me if blue jays got him

    • mathieug79 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      LOL we already have a Catcher that hits 125 with zero homers and 28 strike outs…

  6. psuorioles - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Note to Duquette… PLEASE don’t re-sign him. He may add value to the locker room, but brings nothing to the field. We fans actually want to see the team to improve and WIN games…

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Mark’s MO was always that he was a very streaky hitter. He was either crushing home runs every other game, or he was striking out 4 times a game for a month. I could see the O’s considering taking a flier on him, but I think they’d be better off passing for now. I do however, think he was MUCH more suited for first-base, and hope whatever team picks him up gives him a look there.

  8. oriolesvsravens - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    No, Not The Sherriff!

  9. knowlegeforyou - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Phillies are the first team that comes to mind.

  10. largebill - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Aaron,

    Is this the latest in a season that a player was released while still leading his team in home runs?

  11. vlock1 - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Did pretty well for a guy who’s blind, all things considered.

  12. jarathen - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    A younger, cheaper Josh Hamilton? Let me notify Jerry DiPoto!

    • danfrommv - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      He is not quite old enough and far enough down the decline slope for DiPoto. Maybe the Angels can reacquire Venon Wells and Mo Vaughn

  13. kevinravens1 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Get this guy a contract with baltimore….NOW

  14. kraa0901 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Go get him Twinkies! We need a guy who can hit the lefties and provide a little pop.

  15. rippinrazors - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    This is the Yankees Perfect Right Handed Platoon bat for 1B/3B!!! Especially since he is a has been, fits right into the lineup full of has beens and never was. Welcome aboard Marky!!

    • pisano - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      rippin…. he has a couple things against him, he doesn’t make 15mil+a year, again he’s not between 35 and 40, and he’s not below the Mendoza line, but on the up side for him, he’ll strikeout right at 200 times a year, so the Yankees will be sure to consider that.

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