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Rockies sign Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract

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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.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.