The Brew Crew’s search for a first baseman is finally over…or is it?
Amidst talks of trading starting pitching for New York Mets‘ first baseman Ike Davis, General Manager Doug Melvin might have figured out a way to circumvent both issues. With the signing of Reynolds, first reported by Tom Haudricourt (@Haudricourt), Melvin keeps his pitching and gets a low-cost potential first baseman.
The deal includes an invite to spring training and is worth $2 million with a $500,000 incentive if he makes the Major League roster.
Reynolds, going into his age-30 season, has spent time with Arizona, Baltimore, Cleveland, and the Yankees, is known for being a competent corner-infielder with power-potential. Along with those power numbers comes a propensity for strikeouts, and Reynolds has a lot. He is actually the current holder of the record for most strikeouts in a single season by a hitter with 223 in 2009, which edges out Adam Dunn’s 222 in 2012.
Between the Indians and Yankees in 2013, Reynolds slashed .220/.306/.393 with 21 home runs.
The Virginia native does provide depth behind Juan Francisco if Francisco becomes the Brewers’ starting first baseman and could fill a power gap that was vacated when Corey Hart left for Seattle.