The D'Backs just locked up their franchise player and they may sign another young star to an extension soon. Jon Heyman of SI.com reported that the D'Backs offered Mark Reynolds a two-year $13.5MM deal to cover the 2011-12 seasons. MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports that the sides will meet in person tomorrow to discuss a possible extension.
Heyman reported recently that the D'Backs offered to buy out Reynolds' three arbitration years for $11MM, so a two-year offer for more money is an improvement. The sides were recently discussing whether to buy out two years, in which case Reynolds would still negotiate his 2013 contract with the club, or three. We've heard for weeks that the D'Backs will work to complete the possible extension before the season starts.
Reynolds could ask for $5MM after this season and expect raises in 2012 and 2013, but he would have to produce in 2010 to make that kind of demand. Production wasn't an issue last year, when Reynolds hit 44 homers and posted an .892 OPS, playing slightly below average defense.
Reynolds, who narrowly missed being arbitraiton eligible early as a super two player, will be arbitration-eligible after 2010 and eligible for free agency after 2013 barring an extension.