Mark Reynolds, D’Backs Talking Multi-Year Deal

1:22pm: Reynolds expects to be talking in terms of formal offers by the week of February 15th, according to Piecoro.

12:37pm: The D'Backs are discussing a multi-year deal with Reynolds, tweets's Steve Gilbert. Reynolds tells Gilbert that the sides have discussed two and three-year deals. If the D'Backs come at him with a fair offer, Reynolds says he's "willing to take a look." The sides aren't talking money yet, but Reynolds tells Gilbert that they're discussing a two or three-year deal with options.

9:15am:  The D'Backs and Mark Reynolds have mutual interest in a multi-year deal, writes Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The club is expected to make an offer before Spring Training and there are indications the sides could discuss a three-year deal. Managing general partner Ken Kendrick told's Steve Gilbert that Reynolds is one player the club would prefer to lock up.

"We would like to not have to go through year-by-year arbitration with [Reynolds], if we can agree on a multiyear deal," Kendrick said.

Reynolds just missed Super Two status this year, so he isn't arbitration-eligible yet. He's set to make $500K or so this year and he'll be arbitration-eligible after the season. He won't hit free agency until after the 2013 campaign.

Piecoro notes that Dan Uggla made $5.35MM in his first arb year, while Miguel Cabrera made $7.4MM and Ryan Howard made a record-setting $10MM. Reynolds figures to fall short of the contracts Cabrera and Howard earned, so Piecoro wonders if a three-year deal worth $14-15MM could work for both the D'Backs and their third baseman.

Reynolds, 26, hit 44 homers last year and set the single season strikeout record with 223 Ks. He played slightly below average defense and posted a .260/.349/.543 line.

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