The Rockies are likely to have finalized a deal with free-agent first baseman Mark Reynolds by the end of the Winter Meetings, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Yahoo’s Tim Brown tweets that a one-year deal is likely for the Ballengee Group client.
Reynolds, 32, spent last season with the Cardinals and batted .230/.315/.398 with 13 homers in 432 plate appearances. Once known for his prodigious power and enormous strikeout rates, Reynolds has seen his pop diminish in recent seasons, although a move to Coors Field could certainly boost his numbers in that regard.
The Rockies stand to lose Justin Morneau to free agency, though they have a younger left-handed option at first base in-house, in the form of Ben Paulsen. The 28-year-old Paulsen got his first extended look in the Majors this past season and batted .277/.326/.462 with 11 homers in 354 plate appearances. Paulsen, though, hit just .235/.285/.265 against fellow lefties, clearly illustrating the need for a platoon partner. Reynolds can fill that void without costing the Rockies a great deal, financially speaking. If a deal is completed by the end of the meetings, he’ll be the third free agent signed by GM Jeff Bridich down in Nashville, as the Rox have already added Jason Motte and Chad Qualls to their bullpen this week.