The Rockies have signed first baseman Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Heyman adds that Reynolds seems “very likely” to make the Rockies’ 25-man roster out of spring training.
Reynolds, 33, posted a solid .282/.356/.450 triple-slash line with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 441 plate appearances with the Rockies last season. Factoring in that playing half his games at Coors Field inflated his numbers a bit, that’s about an average slash line for a position player in the National League.
The Rockies signed Ian Desmond earlier this offseason to play first base, so Reynolds is expected to serve as a back-up. Since Desmond has experience playing shortstop and in the outfield, having Reynolds on the roster gives the Rockies the flexibility to move Desmond off of first base every so often when the need arises.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.