Making official what was reported last night, the Brewers have signed Mark Reynolds to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. He’ll get $2 million in upfront money if he makes the team, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Reynolds still has tons of power, but even while smacking 21 homers in 135 games for the Yankees and Indians last season he posted a measly .699 OPS while hitting below .225 for the fourth consecutive season.
At age 30 he seemed destined to wind up with a part-time gig, but instead there’s a good chance he’ll begin the season as the Brewers’ starting first baseman. Reynolds made $6 million last season, so a minor-league deal is a helluva step down, but it’s a good opportunity to potentially resurrect his career.
Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.
Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.
Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.
On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.