Cardinals Beef Up Bench with Mark Reynolds

The St. Louis Cardinals added a veteran power hitter to back up first and third base in Mark Reynolds.

Power-hitting first/third baseman Mark Reynolds and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year contract. The 31-year-old confirmed the deal, which apparently will not be announced until a physical examination is complete, during an appearance on Sirius XM Radio on Thursday afternoon. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the contract will be for $2 million plus incentives. The incentives are $200,000 additional for 250, 350, 450 and 550 plate appearances, increasing his total opportunity to $2.8 million.

Reynolds’ appeal to the Cardinals is as a big bat off the bench and a right-handed hitting alternative to left-handed-hitting first base starter Matt Adams. Reynolds should also back up all-star Matt Carpenter at third base.

In 2014, his only season with Milwaukee, Reynolds launched 22 home runs in 378 at-bats. That total would have led the 2014 Cardinals. He batted just .196, however, with 122 strikeouts, a 32.3 percent rate. His 130 games played include 91 at first base, 42 at third and three in the outfield.

Reynolds has hit 224 home runs in eight seasons in the majors with Arizona, Baltimore, Cleveland, the Yankees and Milwaukee. That includes at least 20 long balls in seven consecutive seasons. However, he has also led his league four times in strikeouts and has a career batting average of just .229.

The Virginia native has appeared in the post-season just twice, in 2007 with Arizona and 2012 with Baltimore, and has yet to play in the World Series.

When the addition is formally announced, the Cardinals’ 40-man roster will grow to 38.

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