There will always be a market for power hitters. Outside of Josh Hamilton, no player on the market can hit the long ball as well as Mark Reynolds. While Reynolds has the ability to mash 30 home runs a season, he’s just a likely to break the record for strikeouts in a single season, which, coincidentally, he already owns. At the plate, Reynolds is considered a three true outcomes player. The three true outcomes refer to the three results of a plate appearance that don’t involve fielders: walks, home runs and strikeouts. Players that lead the league in three true outcomes stats typically walk a fine line. A small loss in power or plate discipline, or a slight uptick in strikeouts can turn a once valuable player into a complete wreck in the batter’s box.
Unfortunately for Reynolds, that time may have already come. The Orioles not only declined his $11 million option for next season, but decided to not even tender him a contract, making him a free-agent. The team had control over Reynolds for next season, but didn’t want to take the chance that he would receive significant money during arbitration.
It looks like that may have been the right call. Reynolds made $7.5 million last season, and was due to receive a raise in arbitration. Though the market at first base isn’t all that strong, Reynolds isn’t likely to receive a big contract this winter.
Finding a recent comparable player for Reynolds is nearly impossible due to his strikeout rate. Over the past three seasons, Reynolds has struck out in 32.3% of his plate appearances. That is a staggering rate for a full-time player. Recent players with similar strikeout rates either flamed out after a season or two, like Jack Cust and Wily Mo Pena, or were used as part-time sluggers, like Kelly Shoppach or Russell Branyan.
Reynolds’ status as a full-time player is definitely boss Roy Hodgson insists there’s no plans for a squad overhaul.Hodgson has dismissed suggestions the departures of veterans Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon mean Crystal Palace are embarking on a “new era”.He said: “This isn’t a question of regiin doubt. His reputation as a poor defender isn’t going to help, either. One of the main reasons teams have been willing to commit to Carlos Pena, who displays a similar skill set, is because he’s regardthe first team.Miller was involved for the Reds against Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup fourth round replay, when the senior side was rested.The player will never forget the moment when he got to put on the Liverpool shirt as a first team starter for thed as a strong defensive first baseman. Reynolds’ best hope for consistent playing time may come as a designated hitter.
Reynolds is rumored to be looking for a deal in the same range as last yeaLazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is close to a move to PSG.Blic says the Serb has told PSG he wants to join them.PSG are offering €80m for the transfer and talks are in the final stages.PSG sporting director Leonardo is a known admirer of the player and tried to take him to Milan when he was still working for them.Milinkovic-Savic’s move will be funded by the sale of Neymar.r’s $7.5 million salary. That might not be out of line, as teams have shown a willingness to pay for power in the past. Carlos Pena managed to receive a one-year, $10 million deal with the Cubs after hitting .196/.325/.407 in 2010. And he was 32-years-old at the time. The following year, Pena received $7.25 million to return to Tampa for his age-34 season. Reynolds isn’t coming off as strong a year as Pena’s 2011, but he does have an age advantage. A one-year deal worth between $6 million and $7.25 million is probably an accurate range for Reynolds. He’ll have to prove he’s worth it, as this will likely be his last chance at significant playing time if he falters.
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