MLB News: Indians designate Mark Reynolds for assignment

Cleveland Indians first baseman Mark Reynolds has been reportedly designated for assignment.

After hitting .301 with eight home runs and 22 runs batted in for the month of April, the man who was affectionately known as “Mega Mark” has seen his production plummet, driving in just seven runs over the course of the last three months. Over the course of 26 games in June, Reynolds struck out 40 times, often looking completely lost at the plate. He was batting just .133/.246/.150 with just two run batted in since the beginning of July.

Reynolds could accept an invitation to play in Columbus with the Clippers, but odds are that he will become a free agent and test the open market. Speculation has Reynolds potentially retunring to Baltimore where he helped get the Orioles in the playoffs a season ago.

Reynolds was signed to a one-year deal this past offseason as the Indians hoped to add a right-handed power bat in the middle of their lineup. Reynolds’ production, or lack thereof, relegated him to a reserve player, playing in just 20 games over July and early August. His 15 home runs places him in a tie as the team leader for the Indians.

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  • MrCleaveland

    We’ll always have April.

  • Andrew

    Can you ask a Leopard to change his spots?
    Can you ask Sean Bean not to get killed in movies?
    Can you ask ice cream to stop melting?

    No. Such is Mark Reynolds.

  • Garry_Owen

    Richard Sharpe is very angry with this comment and believes Mark Reynolds will be just fine, thank you.

  • WFNY_DP

    Rec’d for Sean Bean knowledge. As soon as he showed up as Boramir, I was like, “Awww….”

  • Natedawg86

    Can another team sign him to Minors, or does it have to be roster? I can see someone wanting a guy that can’t hit or defend on their roster

  • JNeids

    I not only love this comment but your avatar as well.

  • Daniel Van Meter

    “His 15 home runs places him in a tie as the team leader for the Indians.”

    That’s both sad and depressing to think about…

  • Brian R.

    If he becomes a FA after refusing to go to COL he can sign any deal he wants, majors or minors.

  • Natedawg86

    Baseball players are lazy. In any other profession, people want to be designated for assignments

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    mgbode where are you oh wait he’s going to the game today. So much for that August hot streak by Reynolds.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Wow, he’s been awful since mid-May, but this is still surprising.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Even more depressing is he could still hold the lead after not being with the team. Although I’m guessing Santana will pass him but not by much.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Not your typical Indians decision me thinks. Perhaps this relates to Francona. When they sent Chisenhall down earlier in the year that went against their grain as well. Promoting Salazar to pitch in place of Jimenez was another change of pace move.

  • Garry_Owen

    Any chance at all that this is the result of a conversation and agreement between the Indians and Reynolds? Any chance at all that maybe Reynolds is all in favor of spending some time down in Columbus to fix his head? Maybe it’s even his request? I mean, he’s not going to get any chance to do it in the Indians’ lineup while we they are, ahem, cough cough (sorry, I have this cold), competing for a playoff spot.

    I’ll bet my spot on the Browns’ Super Bowl Championship float that this is what’s happening.

  • nj0

    How does that work with the money on his remaining contract with us?

  • Brian R.

    I’m not so sure. I was going to send that question into the daily BP podcast if I don’t find the answer.

  • Brian R.

    Honestly, Reynolds put the Indians in this position. He isn’t a sure defender, not fast, and has hit so poorly the past few months what else could they do. This opens up the Tribe to play a stronger lineup that can feature either Yan Gomes and Ryan Raburn more (I know small sample size, but you have to ride the hot hand) who have been much more successful as of late. Now to get Tito to move AsCab out of the 4 hole…

  • Harv 21

    Don’t get it. You’ve slogged 2.5 months through his annual deep freeze and now ask him to take a little ride in your car?

    Abe Vigoda as Reynolds: “Chris, for old time’s sake?”
    Robert Duvall as Antonetti: “Sorry. Tito says no.”

  • Brian R.

    Not the typical decision, which is good news. Maybe Francona finally got Shapetti to get their acts together. This is a decision that a successful team would make. Reynolds came with baggage (high K #s, possibly blind…) but was signed to a 1 year contract, and when the team decided he was not going to add to their chances of winning, he was DFAd. I’m sure Reynolds is a nice guy, but I couldn’t stand to watch him K with men in scoring position again.

  • Brian R.

    Or he was given every chance to turn it around in 2.5 months. Eventually enough is enough.

    “Leave the bat. Take the canoli”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh I agree it’s not bad news just surprising.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Gary u so funny!

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Orioles are reportedly interested in bringing him back.

  • Jay

    it’s about DAMN TIME

  • co811809

    Kipnis and him are tied at 15 now. He’ll pass him hopefully soon

  • Michael Weaver

    At least his signing made me read this, that proved to be a little to close to reality

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/a/19409

  • left out

    suprising. has he really been any worse to have than giambi. he’s been in a nightmare skid but still has had better production and ba than him. if were going to keep one power bench bat at least go with someone that can play the field when used as a pinch hitter. not so sure about this move

  • woofersus

    I too was holding out hope that he’d get hot again, but at some point you can’t justify keeping good bats out of the lineup for that hope anymore.

  • asdf

    retunring

  • Roy Phillips

    you’d be surprised. dropping Mark Reynolds isn’t going to get this team in the Series.

  • mgbode

    ah well, best wishes and all. maybe he’ll help the O`s

  • Brian R.

    I got an answer. Baseball has guaranteed contracts, so the Tribe is on the hook for $6 mil. If he signs for another club for the rest of the season, he gets the league minimum, prorated for the rest of the season, and that amount is deducted from the $6 mil the Indians agreed to pay him.