It’s official. Mark Reynolds is the newest member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
After Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, among many other media outlets, reported that the Brewers and Reynolds were close to agreeing to terms Thursday night, the team announced the deal Friday morning.
The #Brewers have signed 1B/3B Mark Reynolds to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Major League camp.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) January 17, 2014
The deal, which includes an invitation to Major League spring training, is worth $2 million with $500,000 in performance bonuses. Reynolds has a batting average of .233 over six big league seasons, along with 202 home runs and 1276 strikeouts. In 2013, Reynolds hit .220 with 21 home runs in 135 games split between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
Brewers general manager said Reynolds viewed the opportunity to play in Milwaukee as his best option.
“”I talked with Mark and he’s not afraid to have to beat out somebody for a job,” Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s looking forward to the challenge. He’s a confident guy.”
Reynolds is a virtual lock to make the team and has a very good chance of being the everyday first baseman. However, the Brewers may decide to platoon him with left-handed hitting Juan Francisco, but that remains to be seen.