Brewers Sign Infielder Mark Reynolds to Minor League Deal
(MILWAUKEE) -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed infielder Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract with an invation to spring training, the team announced Friday.
The 30-year-old Reynolds will receive a $2 million salary with $500,000 available in performance bonuses if he makes the Brewers' roster, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Reynolds will compete for the open job at first base.
"We had to make a decision on whether to go with the guys we had or go outside," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. "We had exhausted all the trade opportunities for a first baseman. I talked with Mark and he's not afraid to have to beat out somebody for a job. He's looking forward to the challenge. He's a confident guy."
Reynolds has played 7 big league seasons with four different teams. Last season, he split time with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
Reynolds is known as a power-hitter, smacking 202 home runs in 988 career games.
But with the good comes the bad. Reynolds has struck out 1,276 times including 223 times in 2009, the MLB single-season record.
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