MINNEAPOLIS: The Indians placed Mark Reynolds on release waivers for the purpose of giving him his release.
If a team claims Reynolds, the Tribe cannot pull him back, and the claiming team must pay the rest of his guaranteed salary. In Reynolds’ case, that’s about $1.6 million.
Should he clear waivers, Reynolds will be a free agent and can sign with any team. The Tribe will be responsible for the $1.6 million.
Reynolds was signed over the winter and began the season as the club’s primary designated hitter, though he also logged time at first and third. But a three-month slump following a productive April cost Reynolds his job.
Scott Kazmir will go back into the rotation on Sunday against the Athletics. He is being given extra days off because of a “”dead arm’’ that forced him out of his last start after three innings.
Carlos Carrasco, who is starting Wednesday, is making it possible for Kazmir to get the additional rest. What happens to Carrasco when Kazmir returns, that depends at least in part on how he pitches against the Twins.