Brewers sign Mark Reynolds to minor league deal


The deal includes an invite to spring training, so Reynolds could break camp with the team.

The Milwaukee Brewers have come to terms with corner infielder Mark Reynolds on a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Reynolds, 30, finished the 2013 season with the Yankees after playing 99 games for the Indians to start the year.

In 504 total plate appearances, he hit .220/.306/.393 with 21 home runs.

In his career, Reynolds has been known for two things: strikeouts and home runs. Since first reaching the majors in 2007, he has struck out over 32 percent of the time, second in the majors over that span. However, he's also been able to clear outfield fences consistently throughout his big league career, slugging 202 home runs in 988 career games for the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Indians, and Yankees.

The Brewers will get a long look at Reynolds when they begin preparation for spring training in Phoenix, Ariz. on February 15.

He has a good chance of being the team's everyday first baseman, according to's Adam McCalvy. While Reynolds isn't an appealing solution in a vaccuum, after losing Corey Hart to the Mariners, failing to come to terms with the Mets in a trade for Ike Davis, and suffering through a .206/.259/.370 line from their first basemen in 2013, he looks far more attractive. Should Reynolds fail to perform in the spring, the Brewers could always reopen trade discussions for Davis, or contact the Red Sox about Mike Carp, whom Boston reportedly could still move before Opening Day.

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