There has been a lot of speculation on whether the Colorado Rockies would bring back first baseman Mark Reynolds this season. On Saturday, the question seems to have been answered.
In a tweet from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the agent for Reynolds said that the Rockies “have never made any type of offer to Reynolds” in the offseason. While Colorado may have been in contact with the first baseman and the 34-year-old first baseman has expressed his interest in coming back to the Rockies, it simply may not be happening.
Colorado has made it clear since the start of spring training that rookie Ryan McMahon would be given every opportunity to win the first base position. Ian Desmond, signed last offseason to a long-term contract with the thought that he would be Colorado’s first baseman, said earlier in the spring that he expected to spend the majority of his playing time in the outfield. Without Reynolds as a potential platoon and with Desmond seemingly sent to the outfield, the job is apparently McMahon’s.
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Reynolds was a key piece for the Rockies last season, hitting 30 home runs and driving in 97 RBI while posting a .267 average. With Desmond on the shelf to start the season after breaking his hand in a spring training game, Reynolds went from signing a minor league deal to being Colorado’s Opening Day starter at first base.
He was powerful for the Rockies in the first half of the season, belting 19 of his 30 homers. However, after the All-Star break, Reynolds tapered off, hitting just .243 and striking out 74 times in 214 plate appearances.
Much like the Rockies seem to believe about Carlos Gonzalez and his season-long struggles before a September rebound, a rough end to the season may well have cost Reynolds a chance to return to the Rockies in 2018.