Indians DFA Reynolds
The Indians designated former Oriole Mark Reynolds for assignment, a baseball source told MLB.com Thursday morning. Reynolds hit .215/.307/.373 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 99 games for the Indians, striking out 123 times in 384 plate appearances. The team now has 10 days to trade, release or have Reynolds clears waivers.
Signed to a one-year deal this winter, Reynolds had originally wanted to return to Baltimore and it’s unclear immediately how much interest his former club –which has struggled in the designated hitter spot– has in a reunion. Reynolds hit .221/.328/.458 in two seasons with the O’s and, while his bat is capable of carrying a team offensively, he’s also strikeout-prone and had a prolonged slump the first half of last season.
The Orioles declined Reynolds’ $11 million option this winter and later non-tendered him, making him a free agent. Cleveland offered him a one-year, $6-million deal with incentives in December. The Orioles DH spot is .210/.269/.389 with 16 homers and 46 RBIs and the club has employed a rotating cast without a true DH.
Always streaky, Reynolds followed a red-hot April by hitting .218 in May, .187 in June, and .098 in July. His playing time had diminished considerably and he’s 3-for-9 in August.