Adam Wolff wrote:I'm not opposed to bringing Reynolds back, but it would have to be on a restructured deal. I think he's proven that he's not a defensive liability anymore, it's just a matter of what you think his bat truly is. I don't think you can put too much stock into how a guy finishes a season, but you also can't discount it either. Perhaps Reynolds finally feeling comfortable in his role defensively has enabled him to put the focus back on his offense. It'll be interesting to see what the O's interest is in him after this season, as well as what kind of interest is shown around the league.
IMO Reynolds is still AVERAGE defensively. He has great reflexes on his FIRST step, it's the second and third that expose his limitations. I believe we can find a 1B that will be a more consistent hitter with better overall defense, particularly for 11M. I wouldn't be opposed to bringing Reynolds back as part of a platoon, but his salary would have to reflect that and I doubt that he wants to be thought of as a part time player at this point in his career.
The best thing that could happen to him is that clubs DON'T show much interest this winter and it causes him to reconsider using all fields in his hitting. If he were to do that, and STICK with it, he could be an above average 1B.