First baseman/third baseman Mark Reynolds, who spent 2015 as a part-time player for the Cardinals, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rockies.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the contract is worth $2.6 million plus incentives and Coors Field is a nice place for the 32-year-0ld Reynolds to try to get his career back on track given that his primary skill is power.
Low batting averages and high strikeout totals have kept Reynolds from topping a .750 OPS since 2012, but he’s still managed 20 homers per 150 games during that time and has an overall skill set that should benefit from high altitude.
Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.
After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.
Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.
Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.