Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes has hired the Boras Corporation as representation, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. As always, you can find the latest agency information in MLBTR’s Agency Database.
Reyes debuted with the Padres in 2018 and has since shown off impressive power. The 23-year-old has already slugged 36 home runs in 546 plate appearances, including 20 long balls in 261 PA this season. Thanks largely to his prolific HR-hitting ability, Reyes has put together an above-average line of .263/.319/.511 (119 wRC+) during his first 162 games in the majors.
Because he’s still relatively new to MLB, Reyes may not be in position to take advantage of Boras’ expertise for a while. Reyes isn’t on schedule to reach arbitration until after 2021 or free agency until the conclusion of the 2024 season. Of course, the Padres and Reyes could still discuss an extension in the meantime.
If Reyes continues producing and earning minimal salaries over the next couple seasons, his skill set could pay well in arbitration. Plate appearances, home runs and runs batted in are driving forces in the arbitration process. While Reyes is faring nicely in two of those departments, he hasn’t been an RBI machine thus far. Reyes has totaled 67 for his career and, even though he’s on a 40-HR track this year, is on pace to knock in fewer than 75 runs.
It will be interesting to see what he gets when he goes to arbitration in the future. He has a lot of power, but home run totals are up so they may not value homers as much In a couple years.
Arbitration has lagged so far behind the “current value” of skills I would expect him to do very well unless they tackle arb in the next CBA
Reyes is a big ball of fun. He has hit 20 homeruns but has only driven in like 30 something this season. It’s crazy
He can’t field so DH is future
If he can’t field and he’s a HR-only hitter (can’t hit for average, can’t draw walks) then there probably isn’t a future in DHing for him.
“If Reyes continues producing and earning minimal salaries over the next couple seasons, his skill set could pay well in arbitration.”
Not quite sure how the minimal salaries factor into this result clause.
Because there wouldn’t be an extension in that scenario.
Makes him more likely to ask for a higher salary going in to the hearings.
He hit 2 home runs today and struck out 3 times.
At least his K% has improved from 38% to 28%. He’s still a poor defender with an average arm and is slow as molasses. The Padres keep putting him in RF for some reason.
Lately, his approach at the plate has been to swing for the fences regardless of count or game situation. But when he connects – wow.