Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians brass promised that talks and possible moves would be made after the Winter Meetings in Nashville wrapped up Thursday.
Three days later, a deal looks like it’s been made.
Reports state the team has inked former Orioles and Diamondbacks infielder Mark Reynolds to a one-year deal, pending a physcial. It sounds like Reynolds would come in and be the first basemen for 2013, a spot that the Indians still needed to fill.
The 29-year-old Reynolds hit .221 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI last season in 135 games for the Orioles.
Reynolds slammed 37 homers in 2011, and back in 2008 he hit 44, and he gives the Indians the right-handed bat they have sorely needed.
The Orioles could have kept Reynolds, as they held an $11 million option on him for 2013, but they declined to pick up the option, making him a free agent as the team gave him a $500,000 buyout.
The Baltimore Sun, who confirmed the signing, stated that the O’s did have interest in bringing Reynolds back, but instead the Indians swooped in and scooped him up.
Baltimore added Reynolds in a trade with the Diamondbacks in December of 2010 to be the club’s starting third baseman.
With the move, the Indians infield now set with Reynolds playing first, Jason Kipnis at 2B, Asdrubal Cabrera at short, and Lonnie Chisenhall at 3B.
If the team moves Cabrera, which was the hot rumor during the winter meetings, than the team can put Mike Aviles at short, or go out and ink another player.