Matt P wrote:He hasn't been a good defender at 3B for a few years now. His OBP was .001 higher than Reynolds' last season. Add all the drama with him in the Boston clubhouse and it makes no sense to sign this guy to replace Reynolds at 1B. What makes even less sense than that is to think he is a legitimate top of the order hitter.
I know we have had our differences (that's putting it mildly) over Reynolds this year so you might be surprised when I tell you that I would like to see a
Mark Reynolds come back next year. The Mark Reynolds I would be willing to give 8 or 9M to would accept that he doesn't HAVE to pull everything and that he has such tremendous power that if he took an outside pitch the other way it would probably STILL bounce off the RF wall. The Mark Reynolds I want back would focus on manufacturing runs ahead of HRs. The Mark Reynolds I want back would make some small, but important, improvements in his range to his right and his read off of the bat in that direction. Those minor adjustments could make him a .260/.370/.540 hitter with over a 100 RBIs AND runs scored. He might also be a finalist for a Gold Glove.
I also see him as a solid guy in the clubhouse, just like Mark Reynolds. The Red Sox PLAYERS as a group didn't see to have a problem with him. VALENTINE did, for whatever reason. I thought I saw a series of stories out of Boston where the players were mad that he had been traded and blamed Valentine for it.
Matt P wrote:I could see him working out as a platoon at DH with Betemit but that's the only way I would consider signing him. He's probably going to want to be a full time starter and get paid like one. Pass.
How much do you think he'll ask for, and how much do you see as reasonable?