A low-risk signing by the KC Royals of a veteran player who could play in the infield or outfield could be a failed excursion.
He could be an insurance policy for an oft-injured Adalberto Mondesi, but if Matt Reynolds wants to earn a roster spot he needs to show better contact ability at the plate. That could prove difficult as in three unimpressive seasons in the big leagues he has mustered a weak .223/.295/.340 line.
Last season Reynolds spent the entire year in the Washington Nationals organization at the Triple-A level. There he produced his best minor league season ever but only his second where he batted over .270 and first with double-digit homers.
This happened with the Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Coast League, a notorious hitter friendly playground. His 16 bombs only tied him for third best on the team with two other players and another just behind them at 15.
In 13 spring games, Reynolds hit only .143 and struck out 14 times in 35 at bats. That tied him with Jorge Soler for most K’s on the team but Soler has the benefit of a 48-homer season giving him grace. Once baseball reboots, Reynolds will need to have a much improved performance to pack his bags for Kansas City.
This is a low-risk deal because Reynolds is currently signed to a minor league contract. If he does not make the team there is not a large financial hit.