The Colorado Rockies signed power-hitting first baseman Mark Reynolds to a one-year contract on Thursday morning, according to reports. The team has not yet confirmed the deal. Of course, this comes on the heels of rumors we reported last night that the Rockies had an interest in Reynolds.
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the deal is worth $2.6 million, plus incentives:
mark reynolds has agreement with rockies. $2.6M plus incentives. lotta power in coors.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 10, 2015
Reynolds, 32, has slugged 237 home runs in his Major League career, but only 35 in his last two years combined, spanning 270 games (865 plate appearances). In 2015, he slashed .230/.315/.398 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 140 games primarily at first base, with 13 home runs and 21 doubles.
Across his nine-year career, Reynolds has slashed .230/.324/.452 for the Cardinals, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Orioles, and Diamondbacks. The Virginia Beach native was initially drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 16th round of the 2004 MLB Draft.
Obviously, on a one-year deal, Reynolds is something of a stop-gap right-handed power hitter that will help the Rockies against left-handed pitchers, platoon at first base with Ben Paulsen, and if he does well in the first few months of 2016, maybe even find suitors at the trade deadline.
We'll have more on Reynolds and the fallout of the rest of the Winter Meetings later today, and early tomorrow morning.