By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Nationals have signed free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds to a minor league deal. He’s expected to begin the season at the Triple-A level with the Syracuse Chiefs before being called up to the Big League level at some point.
He played last season with the Colorado Rockies. Reynolds hit 30 home runs, but obviously like all the players, who play for the Rockies, their numbers are inflated.
The 34-year-old has been a power hitter throughout his career. However, like almost every slugger, he struggles with striking out, as he has struck out more than 35% of his at-bats in his career.
The Kentucky native has played third base and first base in his career. With the Nationals, he is expected to back up Ryan Zimmerman at first base.
However, he could make spot starts at third base, as needed, replacing Anthony Rendon.
Reynolds has played in 11 MLB seasons in his career. He began his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, before playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Rockies.
Last season through 148 games with the Rockies, he had .267 batting average with 30 home runs and 97 RBIs. He also scored 82 runs, the most in a season since the 2011 season when he scored 84 runs.
The 30 home runs were the most he had in a season since the 2011 season when he had 37 home runs. The 97 RBIs are the second-most in his career, as he also had 97 RBIs in 2008 with the Diamondbacks, trail the 102 RBIs he had during the 2009 season.