Mark Reynolds was supposed to provide a big right-handed bat in the middle of the Indians lineup, but after signing for $6 million he’s hit just .215 with 15 homers and a career-low .680 OPS in 99 games.
And today the Indians designated him for assignment, cutting the 29-year-old loose following a 21-game stretch in which he hit .125 with zero homers and 28 strikeouts.
Reynolds has always had bad batting averages and huge strikeout totals, but until this season he’d topped a .750 OPS every year since debuting in 2007. He should be able to latch on somewhere else fairly quickly–perhaps back with the Orioles?–but at this point Reynolds may have to settle for a part-time role facing mostly left-handed pitching.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.