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Tribe signs Reynolds to play first base

By Sheldon Ocker Published: December 9, 2012

   Several source reported tonight that the Indians have signed free agent Mark Reynolds to fill their hole at first base.

  The one-year, $6 million contract includes incentives for plate appearances worth as much as $1.5 million. He made $7.5 million in 2012.

   Reynolds, 29, played four years with the Diamondbacks and the last two with the Orioles. In 2012, he batted .221 with 26 doubles, 23 home runs, 65 runs and 69 RBI.

    The downside is that Reynolds tends to swing hard in case he hits it. He struck out 159 times in 457 at-bats last season, and for his career he has gone down on strikes an average of once every 2.6 bats.

   His best season came with Arizona in 2009 , when he hit 44 home runs, drove in 102 and batted .260. He also struck out 223 times in 578 at-bats and stole 24 bases. It was the only time Reynolds has stolen more than 11 bases.
   Reynolds, a right-handed batter, gives the Indians the kind of versatility they need. Last season, he played108 games at first, 15 at third and 12 at designated hitter. The Tribe currently does not have a DH, having parted company with Travis Hafner. 

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