Mark Reynolds is a poor defensive third baseman and no better than average at first base, but he does have a ton of power. The New York Mets have the infield corners covered with David Wright and Ike Davis, but they could use an outfielder with pop.
According to Ken Davidoff, the idea has at least crossed the minds of those in charge with the Mets of signing the former Diamondback and Oriole and playing him in the outfield. The expected cost, which Davidoff guesses at roughly $7 million per year, is too high for GM Sandy Alderson’s tastes.
The #Mets have contemplated the idea of signing Mark Reynolds to play OF. His price ($7 mil-ish) might be too high, though.
— Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) December 4, 2012
Reynolds was non-tendered last week by the Baltimore Orioles, but Buck Showalter told MLB Network that the Orioles would like to re-sign both Reynolds and fellow free agent Nate McLouth. GM Dan Duquette also expressed concerns over reynolds’ potential salary. The Orioles declined a $13 million option on Reynolds before deciding to non-tender the slugger last week.
Reynolds could be a fit for multiple teams given his ability to play either corner infield position. His bat will play much better than his glove, but teams like the Pirates and Indians could use him at first base, while Philadelphia, the Yankees, and the White Sox are in the market for third basemen. The Astros could potentially make the best use of Reynolds’ talents by slotting him in as their designated hitter.