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Rockies, Marlins Combine for 8 Solo Home Runs in Game with 8 Runs

The Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins played an interesting contest Monday night, setting an MLB record for most home runs (eight) in a game in which all the runs were scored on solo homers, per MLB.com.

The Rockiesled by a pair of blasts from first baseman Mark Reynolds and one apiece from outfielder Charlie Blackmon, shortstop Trevor Story and catcher Nick Hundley—pulled out a 5-3 victory.

Story, Reynolds and Hundley all went deep off of Marlins starter Paul Clemens in the second inning, with the latter two going back-to-back.

This was after the Marlins hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the first, meaning there were five solo home runs within the first inning-and-a-half.

Although the pace slowed down from there, neither team managed a run that didn’t come from a solo homer.

For Miami, it was the heart of its order doing the damage, with outfielder Marcell Ozuna hitting a pair of homers and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton adding another.

Stanton’s long ball in the first inning brought an end to his 15-game streak without any homers, which represented his longest such streak since June-July 2014, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Meanwhile, Story’s homer was his 18th of the season, making him just the sixth rookie in the last 25 years to record 18 or more prior to the All-Star break, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Mark Reynolds to Rockies: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Colorado Rockies reportedly reached an agreement Thursday with slugger Mark Reynolds on a one-year, $2.6 million contract that also includes incentives.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported the signing and contract terms. Patrick Saunders and Nick Groke of the Denver Post confirmed a deal is in place pending a physical to make it official.

Reynolds, who hit 44 home runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, is coming off a down season with the St. Louis Cardinals. He posted a .230 batting average with just 13 homers and 48 runs batted in across 140 games.

The 32-year-old infielder has often struggled to get on base consistently (.324 career OBP) and strikes out too frequently (31.6 percent for his career, per Fangraphs). That said, his top-tier power potential continues to earn him opportunities.

Hitting only 13 long balls last season after a modest 22 by his prior standards in 2014 with the Milwaukee Brewers is a warning sign as he exits his peak seasons. He hasn’t topped 25 homers since 2011.

The Rockies hope Coors Field can remedy his fading power totals. Colorado’s home stadium ranked fifth in baseball in home runs per game and first in runs scored last season, according to ESPN.

Furthermore, Reynolds has enjoyed hitting there in the past with eight homers in 37 games while racking up a .405 OBP, his second best of any stadium, per Yahoo Sports.

Combine those numbers with the size of the contract, and the Rockies feel it’s worth taking a chance on him as they look to bolster their lineup. He should slide right into the middle of the order while splitting time at first base with Ben Paulsen.

Still, his recent numbers suggest expectations should definitely be kept within reason heading toward 2016, even with the chance to play half his games at Coors Field.


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6 Hidden Free-Agent Gems That Are Being Overlooked for 2014

The main focus of the MLB offseason will soon turn to Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka, who will be posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles, and free-agent starters Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, who are all still on the board.

While most interested teams have been waiting to see how the Tanaka situation unfolds, top free-agent hitters Nelson Cruz and Stephen Drew are also still available, along with closers Grant Balfour and Fernando Rodney.

Aside from those players, there aren’t many available on the free-agent market who are expected to make a significant impact on a big league roster. That doesn’t mean there aren’t those who could fill an integral role and help a team in some way, even if it’s at the back of the rotation or off of the bench.

In July, contending teams will be looking for these types of players, who can be had now at a likely bargain rate. 

Here are six such free agents who are still available. 

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MLB Trade Rumors: Updating All the Hottest Waiver-Trade Buzz

The first big move of August was made today with the Rangers acquiring outfielder Alex Rios from the White Sox, as was first reported by Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. After the two teams failed to agree on a deal at the trade deadline, the Rangers were awarded a waiver claim on Rios yesterday, and the deal came together shortly after Jim Bowden of ESPN and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reported that a deal was unlikely to happen. 

But the White Sox’s asking price appears to have dropped. While they were interested in top prospects such as infielder Rougned Odor and pitchers Luke Jackson and Martin Perez last month, according to Sullivan, they are reportedly settling for Leury Garcia as the player to be named later, along with $1 million. They’ll also save an estimated $18 million in salary (approximately $4 million remaining in 2013, $13 million in 2014, $1 million buyout on 2015 club option).

Garcia, 22, has plus speed and strong defensive skills but he’s nowhere near the aforementioned players in potential. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted a report he received from a scout, saying Garcia had Rafael Furcal potential but was most likely to become a solid regular. At worst, he’d be a utilityman in the majors.  

Ironically, the trade opens up the door for another Garcia recently acquired by the White Sox. Avisail Garcia, acquired from Detroit in the Jake Peavy trade, has been called up to take Rios’ starting spot in right field. 

Adam Dunn Clears Waivers

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported earlier today that Adam Dunn (pictured) cleared waivers, which is no surprise considering his $15 million salary in 2014 and his decline in overall production over the past few seasons. And after dealing away Rios, the White Sox might not want to subtract any more firepower from their lineup. 

But the 33-year-old has a .946 OPS over his past 55 games with 14 homers and 39 runs batted in and his value could be on the rise with a few contenders still in need of some power. He has started just nine games in the outfield since 2009 so he is likely limited to first base and the designated hitter spot and will fit best on an American League club. 

I recently named the Orioles as a possible fit, and the Rangers might not be done adding to their offense if Lance Berkman cannot return soon from hip and knee injuries. The Indians, who designated Mark Reynolds for assignment yesterday, could be an interesting match, although the Sox would likely have to pick up a good portion of Dunn’s remaining contract. 


Marlon Byrd Could Draw Interest

While the Mets surprisingly held on to outfielder Marlon Byrd (pictured) at the trade deadline, interest could pick up again if he’s placed on waivers. Heyman tweeted that the Orioles, Royals, A’s and Rangers all had interest last month.  

The 35-year-old, who is having a terrific season with an .821 OPS and 17 homers, isn’t likely to clear waivers since he’ll be owed just a couple hundred thousand dollars in salary. Most contenders would put in a claim at that price. Thus, any deal would likely happen with the first National League team to put in a claim.

The Diamondbacks and Reds might be the first contenders in line on the waiver wire, although there isn’t a desperate need for a starting outfielder on either club. For such little risk, though, it’s worth blocking him or even trying to strike a deal to bring him on as a backup. 


Dan Haren a Trade Candidate? 

Nationals right-hander Dan Haren (pictured) is on waivers, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, and he has a decent chance of passing through unclaimed because of the estimated $3.6 million he’s due for the remainder of the season. 

Interest would’ve been mild a month ago when he had an ERA over 6.00 and was on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness. But he appears to be back to his old form since his return, posting a 2.40 ERA with eight walks and 32 strikeouts in 30 innings over five starts. 

After four consecutive losses, the Nats are nine back in the wild-card race, and they’ll likely be open to moving the 32-year-old Haren. The Braves, Indians and A’s, who were among the teams in the mix for starting pitching help at the deadline, could have interest.


Could Mark Reynolds or Delmon Young Help a Contender?

Two players recently designated for assignment, Mark Reynolds of the Indians and Delmon Young (pictured) of the Phillies, are a bit more interesting than most names that usually pop up on the DFA list, which removes a player from the 40-man roster and allows a team 10 days to either trade, place on waivers, outright to the minors or release that player. 

Both players deserved to be cut—Reynolds had a .551 OPS over his last 73 games; Young had an overall .699 OPS in 80 games—but they’re also capable of putting up big numbers over the course of several weeks. 

Contending teams looking to catch lightning in a bottle don’t have to look further than Reynolds’ first 31 games of the season, when he hit .291 with 11 homers and 29 runs batted in. The 27-year-old Young had a strong month of June (.830 OPS), but it’s his success in the postseason (.859 OPS, 8 HR, 15 RBI in 28 games) that should land him a job late in the season. 

The duo’s ability to succeed against left-handed pitching (Reynolds has a career .843 OPS vs LHP; Young has a career .820 OPS vs LHP) should also ensure that there will be interest, although it’s a long shot that any team would trade for either player while taking on much salary and/or giving up any prospect of value. Don’t expect either to be out of a job very long, though. 


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2013 Cleveland Indians: The Tribe Paid Too Much for Mark Reynolds

According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, the Cleveland Indians have agreed on a one-year contract for corner infielder Mark Reynolds. The deal is valued at $6 million, but could be worth as much as $7.5 million if he reaches certain performance bonuses.  

Though the Indians now have a first baseman for next season (also an experienced designated hitter and third baseman), allowing for 24-year-old Lonnie Chisenhall to take over at third base, the Tribe definitely paid too much for Reynolds’ services in 2013.

Reynolds is coming off of a year where he saw his power numbers take a dip, batting a mere .221 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI.  He owns a lifetime .235 batting average, and though he has some good pop to his bat, he has struggled to bat over .221 the last three seasons.  

If you ask me, a guaranteed $6 million dollar contract doesn’t warrant the numbers he put up in 2012 where he made $7.5 million with the Baltimore Orioles.  I’m not sure what the Indians front office was thinking, but it seems their current commitment to fans includes players that struggle to hit for average. Even though the team is young and looking to rebuild, guaranteeing Reynolds this much money, even for only one year is absurd and could have been spent on improving other aspects.

If Reynolds can somehow find a way to replicate the numbers he put up in 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks (.260 average, 44 home runs, 102 RBI), perhaps this deal will look like a steal. However, with three consecutive years of average baseball, my guess is this contract will turn out to be a big waste of money.  

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Chicago Cubs: Is Mark Reynolds an Option at Third Base?

With yesterday’s non-tender deadline making Ian Stewart a casualty, the Chicago Cubs now have to take a very long look at their third base position.

Ian Stewart is a player who has never really lived up to expectations. Once rated No. 4 on Baseball America’s top prospect list, Stewart now finds himself looking for a job.

The move has also left the Cubs with two third basemen on the 40-man roster. They are Josh Vitters and Luis Valbuena. Junior Lake can also play third, but the organization has had him playing the outfield during winter ball as a tryout.

Are the Cubs ready to head into 2013 with Valbuena as their starting third baseman? Probably not.

Valbuena filled in for the injured Stewart in 2012 and could have seized the moment. Nobody was waiting in the wings, and he really didn’t have any pressure. All Valbuena had to do was outplay Stewart and he could have locked the job down.

Instead, he didn’t separate himself at all. He batted .219 with four home runs over a span of 265 at bats. He slightly edged out Stewart with his batting average, but in fewer at-bats, Stewart hit more home runs.

There really aren’t many top-flight options at the third base position in free agency this year. Mark Reynolds is a name that has to immediately turn some of the Cubs executives’ heads. While Reynolds is not known for his batting average, he would bring a tremendous amount of power to the lineup that is not generally recognized for its power.

Reynolds is probably best suited for an American League team so that they could split his time between playing third, first and designated hitter. However, he is definitely a serviceable third baseman. The Cubs can use him as a stop-gap until one of their top prospects, like Javier Baez, is ready.

With Anthony Rizzo hitting third, Alfonso Soriano hitting cleanup and Starlin Castro hitting fifth, the Cubs could slot Reynolds into the six-hole of their lineup and pack a serious punch.

Valbuena hasn’t shown to be much more than a .225 hitter with minimal power at this point. With Reynolds, the Cubs will get the same sort of low .200s batting average, but gives them the potential to add 20 to 30 home runs to the lineup.

The Cubs have the ability to pencil a .225 average, 25 home runs and 75 RBI into their lineup simply by signing Reynolds. Unless the Cubs work out some sort of trade this winter, Reynolds will be the only player that could bring that sort of offensive production to the third base position for them.

With the Winter Meetings a mere day-and-a-half away, it will be interesting to see how the Cubs address some of their gaping holes before 2013.

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Boston Red Sox Have Some Options from Recently Non-Tendered Players

The deadline to tender arbitration-eligible players a contract has come and gone.

A few names jump out as players the Boston Red Sox might have some interest in bringing to spring training.

Most of the attention will be placed on pitching, pitching and more pitching. If the Sox have learned anything the last couple of seasons, it’s that they can’t have enough pitching options available to them through the season.

Most of the these pitchers can be brought in on minor league deals with an invite to spring training or on a major league contract with a low base salary accompanied by incentives.

The Mets cut Mike Pelfrey loose, someone the Sox might bring in on a one-year, low-base contract with incentives. Pelfrey might be receptive to this coming off of Tommy John surgery to rebuild his value.

The Nationals let both John Lannan and Tom Gorzelanny go, two more options for the Sox if they wanted to add a lefty to the rotation.

Jair Jurrjens is a complete enigma at this point and the Braves finally gave up on him. Doesn’t mean the Sox shouldn’t give him a look, especially given his relative young age of 26 and the flashes of potential that he has shown in his career.

Jeff Karstens was non-tendered by the Pirates, and before you ask why the Sox would want a pitcher that couldn’t make it with the Bucs, he actually pitched pretty well for them. He might give the Sox what Alfredo Aceves gives them—you know, without the crazy.

Rich Hill actually pitched very well for the Red Sox last season and wasn’t tendered a contract mostly due to health concerns. When Hill has been healthy and been able to pitch, he has been a weapon for the Sox as a left-handed specialist, pitching to a 1.14 ERA over the parts of three seasons. All three seasons have been interrupted by injuries.


Obviously, former Giants closer Brian Wilson slots very easily into the back end of the Sox bullpen and gives the team insurance against the injuries and performance of Andrew Bailey.

Wilson is someone that I discussed here in the past. Jurrjens, Pelfrey and Wilson are options that I have broken down before in this article.

As far as hitters goes, it’s pretty slim pickings.

Mark Reynolds is an obvious name that sticks out, but the Red Sox can do better at first base and should only sign Reynolds if everything else falls through. Reynolds was a productive player down the stretch for the Orioles in 2012, but his strikeout numbers are still a major concern, as is his .221 batting average in his two years with the O’s.

Brandon Snyder is another first base option for the Sox, albeit cheaper and less experienced. Snyder has looked pretty good in his limited time in the majors with the Orioles and Rangers.

Other than that? Not much, unless the Sox want to get some 1B/3B insurance with Jack Hannahan, CF insurance with former Met Andres Torres or an OF platoon partner in Nate Schierholtz.

None of the players would immediately impact the Sox next season, but they would provide valuable and much-needed depth—especially to the pitching staff and bench.

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2013 Boston Red Sox: Should the Team Be Interested in Free Agent Mark Reynolds?

This is the time of year when baseball teams decide whether or not to tender offers to arbitration-eligible players.

Slugger Mark Reynolds, who played a major role at first base and third base for last season’s Wild Card Baltimore Orioles, recently received word that he was non-tendered and is now a free agent. Is it possible that he could now become a target of the Red Sox?

The news of Reynolds’ non-tender was first reported in a tweet by MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli.

MLB Trade Rumors
reported in October that Baltimore had paid Reynolds a $500,000 buyout instead of accepting his 2013 contract option. This still gave the team the option to negotiate a contract with him through arbitration, provided it tendered him a contract.

Ultimately, the Orioles decided it was in their best interest to not offer him a contract.

According to another tweet by Ghiroli, the Orioles declining Reynolds’ 2013 option took his potential $11 million 2013 salary off the books.


Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors
estimated that if the Orioles had taken Reynolds to arbitration, the corner infielder stood to make in the neighborhood of $8.9 million next season.

Evidently, the Orioles felt that kind of money was too rich for their blood, but the Red Sox might have different thoughts.

Reynolds is not a star player. While a poor hitter on average (.235 for his career), he does hit a lot of home runs and gets on base enough to make him a useful presence in a lineup. He’s not a great defensive player, but can play third and was surprisingly effective as the Orioles’ first baseman during the second half of 2012.

Reynolds has hit .221 in each of the past two years since first coming to the American League. The 159 strikeouts he had last season were his lowest total since his rookie year in 2007 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the first time since then that he hadn’t led the league in whiffs.

There seem to be significant reasons why Boston wouldn’t want Reynolds, but his value becomes more apparent upon closer inspection. Over his six-year major league career, he has averaged 30 home runs and 83 RBI per season. Because of his ability to draw walks, he has a career OPS of .807.

Not only does Reynolds have a .924 career OPS in 21 career games in Fenway Park, but he has also killed Boston’s archrival, the New York Yankees, during his career. He has hit 14 home runs in 39 games against the Yankees, while posting an impressive 1.024 OPS.

His ability to bother the Bronx Bombers would be highly desirable in Beantown.



The Red Sox currently have a gaping hole at first base and are hoping last year’s rookie third base sensation, Will Middlebrooks, can return from a broken wrist and continue his electric play.

Between those situations, there should be plenty of playing time if the Red Sox decided to pursue Reynolds.

Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino told WEEI that the team is trying to get out of the business of handing out long-term contracts. Such a philosophy would make a player like Reynolds a perfect fit. He will command a decent salary because of his elite power, but isn’t likely to receive any contract offers that extend beyond two years.

With the uninspiring pool of available first basemen and free agent Mike Napoli supposedly seeking a four-year deal, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox could prefer to go with a more temporary option like Reynolds. He could keep the position warm until a long-term candidate is identified over the next season or two.

Reynolds has previously indicated that his heart lies in Baltimore, but he does understand the business realities of baseball. He recently told The Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina that, “At the end of the day, it’s a business and they have to do what’s best for the Orioles and I have to do what’s best for myself.”

Now that Reynolds has been non-tendered, he is eligible to sign with any team he wants. It will be interesting to see if the Red Sox show any interest in bringing the free-swinging slugger to Boston.

Statistics via BaseballReference

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Mark Reynolds: Tampa Bay Rays Should Target Former Orioles First Baseman

The Baltimore Orioles non-tendered infielder Mark Reynolds He will be an interesting possible target for the Tampa Bay Rays’ vacancy at first base.

The Orioles announced that Reynolds, along with infielder Omar Quintanilla and right-handed pitcher Stu Pomeranz, would become free agents via their official Twitter account.



Brittany Ghiroli from mlb.com spoke with Reynolds and posted his reaction on her Twitter account.



Reynolds fits the mold of what has become the traditional Rays free-agent acquisition. He is a good defensive player coming off of a disappointing season, but has had enough past success to make the risk worth taking.

In 2012, Reynolds finished with a .221 batting average with a .323 on-base percentage and 69 RBI. His 23 home runs were his fewest since his rookie season in 2007 when he only hit 17.

Although his stats may not jump off the page, it’s more production than the .197 batting average, .330 on-base percentage, 19 home runs, and 61 RBI that the Rays got from Carlos Pena in 2012.

If the price is right, he could be a good player for the Rays to sign.


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Boston Red Sox: 5 Third Basemen They Should Aim to Pick Up off Waivers

It’s just been that kind of year.

Nothing has gone right for the Boston Red Sox. Their lone bright spot, rookie Will Middlebrooks, hit .288/.325/.509 with 15 home runs before breaking his wrist. While he’s only been placed on the 15-day DL, there’s a very good chance he misses the rest of the season.

Boston is now in a delicate situation. The Sox need a third baseman, but need to avoid any options that will make the roster too rigid in the future.

Here are a few waiver wire options Boston can explore before the final trade deadline.

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