Those looking for the Cleveland Indians to sign a free agent slugger can look no further as they have reportedly closed in on signing corner infielder Mark Reynolds to a one-year deal worth $6 million.
Reynolds, 29, hit .221/.335/.429 with 23 home runs and 69 runs batted in through 135 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season. When he plays a full season, the right-handed slugger is capable of providing stellar power numbers. He clubbed 37 home runs in 2011 to go with 44 in 2008.
Considered by most to be a poor man’s version of Chicago’s Adam Dunn, Reynolds also strikes out his fair share of times.While he can play third base, it appears that the Indians have signed him to suit up as their every day first baseman. What this means for their pursuit of free agent veteran Kevin Youkilis remains to be seen. It was reported earlier on Sunday that he is strongly considering the one-year, $12 million deal.
First reported by The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, the deal also includes incentives.
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