Colorado Rockies Expected to Sign Mark Reynolds


The Colorado Rockies are expected to sign Mark Reynolds by the end of this week’s Winter Meetings.

The Colorado Rockies enter this year’s MLB Winter Meetings with several positions of interest, one being a first baseman. The Colorado Rockies operate on a low budget, and they want to continue their rebuilding process, so a cheap, quick fix alternative to their first base void is Mark Reynolds. Mark Reynolds spent the 2015 season with the St. Louis Cardinals before hitting free agency.

With Justin Morneau entering free agency, the Colorado Rockies were left with just Ben Paulsen to man the position. Also, the Colorado Rockies decided to designate Wilin Rosario for assignment after he proved he could not handle first baseman duties on a regular basis. While Mark Reynolds provides a solid backup option for the Colorado Rockies, he does not address their glaring hole at first base.

Last season, with the Cardinals, Mark Reynolds hit .230 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI; however, he struck out 121 times in 382 at-bats. The Colorado Rockies likely use him as a platoon option at first base with Ben Paulsen, giving the team a first baseman from both sides of the batter’s box. The Colorado Rockies, likely, look to sign Reynolds to a one-year deal to buy time for the team to figure out a plan moving forward.

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The Colorado Rockies would mark the seventh team of Mark Reynolds’ career. Reynolds owns a career .230 batting average with 237 home runs and 661 RBI. Also, he led the league in strikeouts from 2008-2011, illustrating the type of player Reynolds presents.