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Indians release Mark Reynolds

Aug 12, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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As expected no other teams wanted anything to do with the $2 million remaining on Mark Reynolds‘ contract, so he cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Indians released him.

However, now that Reynolds is available to sign with any team for any salary it seems likely that he’ll generate some interest as a stretch-run platoon starter or bench bat. Plenty of teams could use him for some pop versus left-handed pitching and there are already reports suggesting the Orioles might be interested in a reunion.

For all his strikeouts and poor batting averages this is the first time in Reynolds’ seven-year career that he’s failed to top a .750 OPS.

  1. @Cereal_22 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    The O’s have enough hackers in their lineup & one of their biggest weaknesses is the inability to manufacture runs. I don’t see how adding Mark Reynolds makes them better.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Aren’t they getting Betemit back now anyway? Fairly similar players, but the Os are on the hook for Betemit either way. It does not seem like they need both.

      • lessick - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Reynolds has hit LHP better than Betemit for his career. If Reynolds were only a right handed platoon DH (which he should be), it’s not a crazy signing for the O’s.

        NY Yankees might be a better fit–platoon partner with Overbay and part-time DH.

  2. fomeols - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Reynolds is FAR better than anyone the Os have used at DH this year.
    The only impediment to signing Mark is having to cut someone, probably Pearce, or maybe Casilla(don’t need 3 second basemen.)
    I say do it today!

  3. sanzarq - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    The O’s need to steer clear of Reynolds, no matter how well he played down the stretch for them last year. He can’t hit his weight & looks totally lost at the plate. Angelos needs to let those moths out of his wallet and spring for somebody who can actually play the game, like Michael Young.

    • Reflex - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Um, you had me till that Michael Young part…

  4. unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM


  5. fearthehoody - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Cant wait for Seattle to sign him next year for 5 years 90 million!!!

  6. tcclark - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    This has Ruben Amaro written all over it. All power, no contact, a ton of strikeouts. Sounds like a Phillie.

  7. jpeterka9 - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Incredible is the only word to describe the Indians’ release of Mark Reynolds. Defensively, he is better than there regular third.baseman and the “catcher” they use at first base. Any hitting coach worth his salt should be able to get Mark Reynolds to drive sliders to right field. Make a mistake over the plate with a fastball and Mark Reynolds will make contact.

    The Indians will still pay Mark Reynold’s salary. How does this move make any sense at all? I could understand it if they picked up a great pitcher and needed to make room, but even then there were a couple others that should have gone before Mark Reynolds.

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