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The Rays have expressed interest in Mark Reynolds

Dec 11, 2013, 8:57 AM EST

I used to always add “for some reason” to headlines like that, but at this point I figure it is assumed:

 

Reynolds hit .220/.306/.393 with 21 homers and 67 RBI in 504 plate appearances between the Indians and Yankees in 2013. He can hit some homers and do about nothing else worth a damn, sadly. He has played OK first base at times in the past year or two, so I suppose the Rays could use him as a first baseman if they had to, but this is like a poor — or poorer — man’s version of their mostly ill-fated Carlos Pena move a couple of years ago.

  1. southofheaven81 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    He would be a bench bat & nothing more. If the price is super low it wouldn’t be the worst signing ever.

    • hittfamily - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      I think it would. If you can’t be a useful tool in the matchbox that is Yankee Stadium, you sure won’t be one in the Trop.

  2. spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    This is not a good idea.

  3. hittfamily - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    We have drafted so poorly, Mark Reynolds is an upgrade over any internal options. Ugh.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    As an Oriole he actually played a pretty good first base. Throwing out the first month or so of him learning the position, and he was one of the finer players on a very good defensive team. His problem has always been the strikeouts and low batting average. And he doesn’t hit as many home runs as he used to. Also, he’s a very streaky hitter. He’ll go two months without hitting worth a damn, then in three weeks will hit 12 home runs.

  5. bfunk1978 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Not getting the Carlos Pena comment. Not a great glove, I guess, but I remembered him hitting much better than a .700 OPS, and for 3 years at least that was definitely true.

    .282/.411/.627 46HR
    .247/.377/.494 31HR
    .227/.356/.437 39HR
    .196/.325/.407 28HR

    That last year was quite a dip, sure, and it’s not high BA but he got on at a pretty good clip. Mark Reynolds has never sniffed that kind of consistent production. One year in AZ.

    • clydeserra - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Pena played great defense for teh rays.

    • buddaley - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      I think he is referring to Pena’s second stint with the Rays, not his first one. Actually, in the first year of his Rays career, he was outstanding and was good for two more years, but tailed off considerably in the fourth season, signed with the Cubs and then returned to TB for one year. That one year was very poor.

      Especially in his first go-around in TB, he was considered an excellent defensive first baseman. I am not sure if the advanced stats supported that view, but the reputation was certainly positive.

  6. steve7921 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I guess if you need to replace Luke Scott with someone else that can’t hit, Reynolds is a good option!

    • hittfamily - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I wonder if Luke Scott has signed up for Obamacare yet, now that he doesn’t get health care from his employer anymore?

  7. Francisco (FC) - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    You know, with all this reputation that the Rays have as this awesome scouting and development organization, savvy trades, etc. They have a surprisingly difficult time in finding someone good for a position that according to most should be the easiest to replace at the MLB level.

    • flatsorter - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Not difficult, not surprising. Pena in 2007,2008,2009,2010,2012. Kotchman in 2011. Loney in 2013. None was a savvy trade, all were good, except Pena in 2012. All were easy to replace, just like this year will be. They take their time and don’t throw 200 million at anyone.

      • Francisco (FC) - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Ah ok, they just don’t feel the need to fill the position with a superstar and thus shop at the warm body bargain bin!

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