Indians officially sign Reynolds, designate Canzler
December 18, 2012
Today the Indians officially announced the signing of first baseman Mark Reynolds to a one year contract. The deal is for a reported $6 million and includes an additional $1.5 million in incentives. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians designated first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler for assignment.
Reynolds, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, posting a .221 batting average with a .335 on-base percentage along with 26 doubles, 23 home runs and 69 RBI in 135 games in 2012. For the year he hit .286 (30-105) with runners in scoring position and recorded the 5th-best fielding pct. among AL first basemen (.995, 108 games, 5E, 971TC).
Reynolds began his professional career in 2004 after being selected in the 16th round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He debuted with Arizona in 2007 and hit .260 (150-578) with 30 2B, 44HR & 102 RBI in 155 games for the D-Backs in 2009. His 164 home runs since the 2008 season represent the 8th-highest total in all of Major League Baseball over the five-year span. He has collected at least 73 walks in each of the last four seasons since 2009, one of five players in MLB to accomplish the feat (Zobrist, C. Pena, Fielder, Dunn). He owns a six-year Major League career average of .235 (699-2973) with 148 2B, 181HR and 501 RBI in 853 games.
Canzler, 26, hit .269 with 3 homers, 11 RBI and .697 in 26 games with the Indians last season. Prior to joining the Indians he hit .265 with 22 homers, 79 RBI, and .815 OPS in 130 games with Triple-A Columbus.
Along with Reynolds, the Indians have picked up two other first base- left field types this offseason with a waiver claim of Mike McDade and Rule 5 selection of Chris McGuiness, which made Canzler expendable. As a first time outright, if Canzler clears waivers, he has no choice but to accept an outright assignment to Columbus and would remain the property of the Indians for the 2013 season.
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I like Canzler....and like him in a depth role to be a bench bat possibly but more of a AAA depth guy to come up and fill a corner position when needed. I think it is really pushing it to expect him to be a 25 HR hitter in the bigs with a .350 OBP considering he's never even hit more than 22 homers in a minor league season and only hit 20 or more twice. Also he had a .328 OBP last year and has a career .347 OBP in the minors. Those numbers are going to suffer as he moves up and he has reached his ceiling as a player. Again, he's a Duncan type to me. A guy that will spend the next several years bouncing between AAA and ML as a bench/role guy in at LF/1B/DH that plays poor defense, strikes out a lot, and has some power.
either way its likely canzler would struck out less than 160 times a season