Thursday, March 22, 2012

Playing General Manager

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports the Orioles are shopping Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg.  My initial reaction was, of course they are, they are the OriLOLes and who would want those stiffs.  Then I got thinking a little more, put on my GM hat and thought to myself 'self, would the Blue Jays be in a better position if they traded Adam Lind for Mark Reynolds?'

Adam Lind has a very team friendly contract at $5 million for this year and next, then team friendly options for 2014 through 2016.  However, there is a real chance that he isn't a very good player and the team may be better off just getting out of the contract altogether. 

Mark Reynolds, the king of the strike out, has a $7.5 million contract for this year with an $11 million team option for 2013 (with a $500,000 buyout).  Reynolds hasn't hit much either for the past couple of seasons, however, the man still knows how to take a walk, and hit plenty of home runs.  Because of this, he has been slightly more valuable over the past two seasons than Lind (0.9 rWAR vs. 0.3 rWAR).  However, if you take Mark Reynolds off of 3rd base and stick him at 1st base, this might absorb some of the impact that his -2.5 dWAR had last season, and the Jays could find themselves with a 3 WAR value player.

I think if I'm the general manger of the Blue Jays I'd at least put in a call and offer Lind straight up for Reynolds.

1 comment:

  1. Reynolds is an awful 1B as well, and he'd lose the positional WAR bonus that comes along with playing 3B if he were moved across the diamond. I wouldn't expect him to put up a higher WAR than he has in the past couple of years.