The Rockies are still pursuing free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds, per a report from Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The two have been linked since the start of the offseason, but don’t appear any closer to reaching an agreement as the club enters its final month of spring training.
Reynolds, 34, has already enjoyed two productive seasons with the Rockies in 2016 and 2017. He was inked to a minor league deal in advance of the 2017 season, then went on to slash .267/.352/.487 with 30 home runs and an .839 OPS in 593 plate appearances — numbers he hadn’t come close to putting up since his peak years with the Diamondbacks and Orioles from 2009-2011.
Before this offseason’s unusual stalemate, it looked like Reynolds was holding out for guaranteed money in 2018, a luxury he may no longer be able to afford as Opening Day draws near. On the other hand, there’s no question the Rockies could benefit from a proven veteran presence at first base, especially as they move toward the 2018 season with 23-year-old rookie Ryan McMahon as their only viable full-time candidate. At this point, it may just be a matter of seeing who blinks first.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.