Who would have thought that we would be talking about Mark Reynolds being the most valued offseason acquisition? Well, Reynolds definitely deserves to be in this conversation, despite being initially signed to a Minor League deal.
The Rockies quickly signed him to a Major League contract once Desmond broke his hand during Spring Training. To be honest, I think only being signed to a Minor League deal lit a fire underneath Reynolds … literally.
Reynolds is probably one of the hottest players in baseball as he is hitting .317 with 12 HR and 33 RBI. He is playing so well that the Rockies are unsure of where to play Desmond, because no one wants to take Reynolds out of the lineup.
Many haters would argue that Reynolds hits plenty of homers, but his strikeout rate is horrible. They would be right any other year of Reynolds’ career, but not this year. That is the specific area Reynolds significantly improved on this season. His career strikeout percentage is an atrocious 30.8%. However, this year his strikeout rate is 22.3%, which is just slightly above the Major League average of 21.4%.
Mark Reynolds is the best offseason acquisitions for the Rockies, because he has consistently hit the cover off the baseball, whether it’s a homer or a single. Also he is the most clutch batter in the lineup as he always seems to come up big when the Rockies need him to. Not to mention he does a pretty good job over at first also.
I made an argument for each of the major offseason acquisitions the Rockies signed, so now it’s your turn. Go vote for who the best offseason acquisition was for the Rockies. To cast your vote, click here.