Indians designate Mark Reynolds for assignment
August 8, 2013
Reynolds, 30, was hitting just .215 with 15 homers, 48 RBI and .680 OPS in 99 games for the Indians this season. He also had 43 walks and 123 strikeouts in 335 at bats. The numbers as a hole were not terrible as the 15 homers tie him for the team lead, but it was his near three month long slump that made it tough for manager Terry Francona to play him. Since May 10th he was hitting .178 with 4 homers, 19 RBI and a .517 OPS in 68 games. The batting average and OPS over that time both rank as the worst in baseball among qualified players.
Reynolds last homered on June 28th and had just one double since May 15th (on Sunday in his last game with the Indians). With Reynolds unable to pull out of his long slump, lack of power, and him being a liability defensively there was just no option to play him, especially with the emerging bat of Yan Gomes who deserves more playing time and the equally productive Ryan Raburn who the club just extended on Wednesday.
The Indians have been searching for a bat in the trade market, but it will be tough to get a productive one to slip through waivers to be traded to them. In the meantime they will go with the extra arm of Guilmet in the pen to give some much needed length to it, but don't be surprised to see a small deal or waiver claim made to add another bat soon. They could always potentially add a bat from Columbus, but the options are very limited unless they want to get one final look at Matt LaPorta who is healthy and swinging the bat well there.
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Also 10 k, two starts in a row for salazar? Nice start to mlb career. Mark derosa was claimed maybe it was tribe
Still, this is the right move. Nor has it been as one-sided awful as the numbers indicate. Tito moved him around from 1b to 3b (Still as scary bad as ever) as well as DH.
I wish it had been different. Yet, besides Carlos torrid start, this guy carried the club for month one - and - did provide mostly adequate D for Tito to figure out platooning that has kept the team relevant.
It's ironic that Rayburn has emerged as the extended super-sub and Gomes is just exploding with possibilities as batter mate extroidinare.
Unlike many here I do think Reynolds earned his game checks, and that the team is in a stronger position without him - in part because of him.
However, this is hardly the news I was hoping for @ this time in the season following what has been a wrenching mangling at the hands of the superior Tigers.
My final thoughts are no hard feelings Mark R and happy trails.
On another note can Gomes play 1B/3B at all? I know he had reps there in the Jays system but he is worse than Reynolds?