Currently going into the 2014 regular Major League Baseball season the Milwaukee Brewers have one main option at first base: Juan Francisco. While Francisco has a big up-side he also tends to strike out a great deal and really has struggles against left-handed pitching. He certainly can hit a bomb when he gets a hold of one though. Because the general consensus is that Francisco might be an offensive liability as an everyday first baseman, many think the Brewers need another option there.
The answer the Brewers thought they had to that was Corey Hart but he split and decided to be one of Robinson Cano’s new teammates. For a new answer the Brewers have signed a minor league deal with a spring training invite with Mark Reynolds. See now that is interesting. Reynolds has had ups and downs but tends to strike out a great deal and really has struggles against right-handed pitching. He certainly can hit a bomb when he gets a hold of one though.
Wait that looks exactly like what we said about Francisco up at the top of the article just from the other side of the plate. Before you use that information to slam this as a bad idea, give it some thought. It could be a potentially good platoon if Reynolds makes the team which he has a good chance of doing. Also it wouldn’t tie the Brewers up for long when they have a big-time future first baseman coming along in the minor leagues at any moment.
Because Reynolds has plenty of power off the bench and in the line-up when he connects with the ball, this isn’t a bad move at all. They have little committed to him and he could provide services worth at least what they are paying him if he makes the team and succeeds. It isn’t perfect but what is in the game of baseball today? For my money it is a good sense move and not much risk to take for the Brewers.