The Milwaukee Brewers may be one step closer to addressing their vacant first base position. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Brewers are “making a push” to acquire the right handed power hitter, Mark Reynolds.
The Washington Nationals and New York Yankees are other teams in on the seven-year pro but Milwaukee is the destination that makes the most sense. The Brewers seem hesitant to enter the 2014 season with Juan Francisco as the everyday first baseman so it’s no shock the club is looking to acquire Reynolds.
Reynolds is the definition of an all-or-nothing type hitter as he has led the league in strikeouts four times in his seven year career, however, he also averages 33 home runs a season over the course of 162 games. Reynolds spent the first four seasons of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks and blasted 121 home runs while hitting .242 during that span. The last three seasons Reynolds found himself on three different clubs in the American League and didn’t quite have the productivity he had in the National League.
Reynolds would join an already potent offense and would certainly provide more thump for the Brewers. With Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Jonathon Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, and Khris Davis already loaded into the meat of the order, the Brewers won’t need to rely so heavily on Reynolds’ bat, which should take the pressure off him. With Miller Park being a generous hitters’ park where home runs tend to carry, why wouldn’t Reynolds choose Milwaukee?