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#1 jcphitman

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:11 PM

My apologies if this was already posted. I tried to scan for a Reynolds topic, but did not see one.

Anyway, from MLB Trade Rumors:
http://www.mlbtrader...phy-tejada.html

Earlier today, the Yankees reached agreements with both Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton.They're likely to continue adding pieces, however. A source confirmed to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (Twitter link) that the Yanks have spoken to Mark Reynolds' agent, though nothing is close on that front. Here's the latest on Reynolds, the Yankees and the Mets...

  • The Yankees are in on Reynolds, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, but they'll face competition from the Twins, Angels and others in their attempt to land him.

Reynolds' stats:
http://www.baseball-...www.typepad.com

What interests me:
Classic power hitter. Reminds me somewhat of Russell Branyon (not comparing stats ... just see his HR total with the low BA and K's seems to think hit or miss.

He was released last year by Cleveland and signed by the Yankees. I'm not much of an expert on him. What do others think of him? His stats page says he plays first and third. If he plays third, there is a good chance he could get into the lineup regularly until Sano comes up. If he's more of an emergency 3B, then I think we might be best to pass up on him. We have enough of the 1B/DH players.

Thoughts?

#2 YourHouseIsMyHouse

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:15 PM

Reynolds should never play 3rd base. He's a terrible, terrible defender and the only use for him is as a DH.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:20 PM

I can't imagine his high strike-out rate is going to be tolerated well by this team. And as extreme as he is it may be a valid issue.

He might be a decent fit here and I'd prefer him over Doumit, but I just can't see him being our kind of guy.

#4 Kwak

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:30 PM

"...tolerate a high strike-out rate..."​ ? My Gosh, he fits right in!

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:36 PM

The "Twins are in" thing is likely just to raise his price. Ryan wouldn't get a high strike out guy for this team. He has said himself that the DH role will be used to give guys like Willingham and Doumit rest. If Ryan signs him I swear....

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:15 PM

Dude has some real nice power, I might actually prefer him at a DH role over Doumit. However with Willingham and Doumit on the roster he is a little redundant, I guess he could be an early season insurance plan for Plouffe, but his defense makes Trevor look like a gold glove winner.

Who knows, maybe they are planning on trading Doumit? If that is the case, a Kubel/Reynolds DH platoon honestly wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:45 PM

Pass. Infield version of the Willingham last year. As in the bad version.

I would choose Doumit. Bad as he was, he outhit this guys last year. Basically the same SLG. 25% fewer homeruns, more singles and x2 doubles.

Why? We need table setters. Not more rally killers.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:47 PM

Who knows, maybe they are planning on trading Doumit? If that is the case, a Kubel/Reynolds DH platoon honestly wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.


Sound theory. Probably saves them money . . .

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:03 PM

Reynolds should never play 3rd base. He's a terrible, terrible defender and the only use for him is as a DH.


Completely agree. if there was a way to be a bad defensive DH, he would find it.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:25 PM

Pass. Infield version of the Willingham last year. As in the bad version.

I would choose Doumit. Bad as he was, he outhit this guys last year. Basically the same SLG. 25% fewer homeruns, more singles and x2 doubles.

Why? We need table setters. Not more rally killers.

The Twins need more hitters, period. The Twins weren't exactly full of power guys last year.

Against LHP in his career Reynolds has a .359 OBP. He also is more durable then Doumit IMO.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:28 PM

Sound theory. Probably saves them money . . .


The more I think about it, the more sense it makes:

Career numbers:
Kubel vs RHP: .823 OPS
Reynolds vs LHP: .834 OPS

Not terrible for potentially 2-3 mil total spent combined.

#12 TheLeviathan

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:34 PM

We don't platoon and Bremer's head would explode from the strikeouts by game 8 of the season.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:41 PM

We don't platoon and Bremer's head would explode from the strikeouts by game 8 of the season.


The Twins also didn't ever make a splash in free agency prior to this year as well...

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:54 PM

The more I think about it, the more sense it makes:

Career numbers:
Kubel vs RHP: .823 OPS
Reynolds vs LHP: .834 OPS

Not terrible for potentially 2-3 mil total spent combined.


I guess on the surface it doesn't sound too bad. He could be some insurance in case Willingham really is as bad as he looked last year. I dread seeing him in the field, especially at 3B, and the right-handed platoon partner usually gets more AB vs. RHP than the lefty does against LHP, which means we might want to look again at his other split.

OPS vs RHP
Last year - .684
Career - .777

Not as bad a I thought. He's 30, so not as old as thought.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:03 PM

The Twins also didn't ever make a splash in free agency prior to this year as well...


True enough, but Ryan has been pretty definitive with his thoughts on that issue. I don't disagree with him in principle either, just I think the Twins should be more open to the idea.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:08 PM

Dude has some real nice power, I might actually prefer him at a DH role over Doumit. However with Willingham and Doumit on the roster he is a little redundant, I guess he could be an early season insurance plan for Plouffe, but his defense makes Trevor look like a gold glove winner.

Who knows, maybe they are planning on trading Doumit? If that is the case, a Kubel/Reynolds DH platoon honestly wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.


I think there is real merit to this idea IF, and probably a very big IF, Kubel can regain his stroke. When healthy, he's always had a nice swing and power, and while not great range, in his previous time with s his glove was OK and his arm pretty good, so he could provide a little corner OF play on occasion.

However, making a complete turn from my potential agreement with Dave is that Reynolds is RH. I truly feel we need to sign someone who can play sme 1B, 3B, PH and maybe even DH on rare occasions from the left side in the INF.

Once again I bring up Betemit, Chavez and Chad Tracy as LH options (switch hit in the case of Betemit) as viable options to back up Mauer and Plouffe, and even provide some platooning a 3B with Plouffe. We need that LH option to balance. And once again, whenever Sano is ready to take over, regardless if Plouffe is traded, or turned in to a poor man's Cuddyer, (not a bad thing) that LH reserve bat provides real value.

I won't get all grumpy if we add Reynolds as a bench bat, but I just think it is the wrong direction.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:18 PM

True enough, but Ryan has been pretty definitive with his thoughts on that issue. I don't disagree with him in principle either, just I think the Twins should be more open to the idea.

DH would likely be a platoon more or less one way or another this year. I get having the same 9 guys 8 guys behind the pitcher each day, but DH just seems like a no brainer for a platoon.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 11:36 PM

I think there is real merit to this idea IF, and probably a very big IF, Kubel can regain his stroke. When healthy, he's always had a nice swing and power, and while not great range, in his previous time with s his glove was OK and his arm pretty good, so he could provide a little corner OF play on occasion.

However, making a complete turn from my potential agreement with Dave is that Reynolds is RH. I truly feel we need to sign someone who can play sme 1B, 3B, PH and maybe even DH on rare occasions from the left side in the INF.

Once again I bring up Betemit, Chavez and Chad Tracy as LH options (switch hit in the case of Betemit) as viable options to back up Mauer and Plouffe, and even provide some platooning a 3B with Plouffe. We need that LH option to balance. And once again, whenever Sano is ready to take over, regardless if Plouffe is traded, or turned in to a poor man's Cuddyer, (not a bad thing) that LH reserve bat provides real value.

I won't get all grumpy if we add Reynolds as a bench bat, but I just think it is the wrong direction.


Couple issues I see, again I don't think Reynolds is some world beater, but he would come cheap, and if you needed him to play 10-15 games at 3B and another 5-10 at 1st base it wouldn't kill you that much IMO.

-Betemit is terrible defensively, extremely likely even worse than Reynolds. Betemit also hits pretty poorly. I don't see the real reason to bring him in at all personally.

-I like Chavez as a player, but he is 36 to enter next year, he is extremely injury prone and doesn't give you any real help against LHP. If Sano's timeline was 1 year out at this point, then I could see bringing him in, but I think he might cost to much to bring in for a couple months to potentially just be insurance for Plouffe (until Sano is up) Since he can't hit LHP he becomes a bit redudant at DH IMO. With that said, I wouldn't mind the Twins bringing him in, I just don't want to see them out bid the other 7 teams interested in him (per MLBTR) His defense has slipped as well. Frankly, I think Kubel has a much better chance to help out the team than him because of some of those reasons.

-I don't understand with the appeal of Tracy at all, other than a fluke 2012, his 4 other prior seasons (and 2013) were very ugly offensively. Defensively he isn't bad, but really isn't anything special and it hardly makes up. The upside frankly is not there. In the last 4 years he only had one where he didn't have a negative WAR.

Reynolds certainly has his warts, but he did have some solid somewhat recent success. I think he has significantly more potential upside then anyone else mentioned.

#19 johnnydakota

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:11 AM

Mark makes Trevor look like brooks robinson

Edited by johnnydakota, 18 December 2013 - 08:41 AM.


#20 Marta Shearing

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:22 AM

I'd personally love the signing. Let Reynolds and Kubel split the atbats at DH. Go with Willy, Presley, and Arcia in the OF.