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Brewers “making push” to sign Mark Reynolds

Jan 16, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are “making a push” to sign free agent Mark Reynolds, who is said to be “leaning toward” signing with them. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also hears that a deal is close.

It was reported earlier this week that the Nationals had expressed interest in Reynolds, but he’d be a backup there with Ryan Zimmerman at third base and Adam LaRoche at first. Milwaukee is a much better situation, as the club has an opening at first base after watching Corey Hart sign with the Mariners. The Brewers have expressed interest in other free agents (James Loney) and trade possibilities (Logan Morrison, Ike Davis) this winter, but they haven’t gone anywhere.

Reynolds, 30, hit .220 with 21 homers and a .699 OPS in 135 games last season between the Yankees and Indians.

UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that it will be a minor league deal.

  1. spudchukar - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    What do Reynolds, Ramirez, Braun, Segura, Weeks, Davis, Lucroy, and Gomez all have in common? Right-handed.

    • brewcrew38 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      That is correct. However, as it exciting as it may be, Juan Francisco (Lefty) and Logan Schafer (Lefty) will get plenty of starts as well against Right handers. And of course, you still have Scooter G playing more often than Weeks, so I don’t see the problem. With Francisco already on the roster, I think a right handed 1B made more sense than a lefty (Loney, Ike, Morneau).

      • spudchukar - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        This means that Francisco, Schafer and Scooter, will be starting 75% of games? Is that what the Brewers prefer? And which one of those guys hits 3rd, 4th, or 5th?

        St. Louis: Wainwright, Wacha, Lynn, Miller, Martinez
        Cin: Latos, Cueto, Bailey, Leake
        Pitt: Cole, Morton, Volquez
        Chi: Samardjdza, Jackson, Arrieta.

      • brewcrew38 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Scooter will be starting 75% of games, yes. Schafer and Francisco will get some starts against righties. Braun is a career .301 hitter against righties, Ramirez a .284, Gomez .274 last year, Lucroy .270 last year, Segura .287 last year. I’m not worried about the Brewers lineup hitting righties one bit. I’m worried about the Brewers pitching staff keeping them in games.

  2. huskerguy - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Rob Deer Jr

  3. missingdiz - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Reynolds has struck out 60% more often than he’s gotten hits. Fine with me if he signs with the Brewers–it wouldn’t make them any stronger.

    • dinofrank60 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      This guy is a strikeout machine. Why are teams falling over themselves in trying to get him?

      • dan1111 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        One team was falling over itself to sign him to a minor league deal.

  4. thewhinebag - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    I thought Loney signed with the Rays?

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