About Those Incentives in Mark Reynolds’ New Contract


When the Cleveland Indians gave Mark Reynolds a one-year, $6 million contract to be their new first baseman last week, they included performance bonuses that could escalate the value of the contract to a total of $7.5 million overall.

Something tells me that there a couple of these incentives that Reynolds may have trouble reaching.

Now, I’m not saying Reynolds has no shot at reaching the full earning potential of his contract, but it’s going to be tough to get that last $150,000. Cleveland lost 94 games last season and is still dangling two of their best players as trade candidates. Meanwhile, Reynolds is a career .235/.332/.475 hitter who has ony ever lead the league in one category and that was strikeouts. Four times in a row.

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