Mets considering signing Mark Reynolds for the outfield

Mark Reynolds polaroidKen Davidoff of the New York Post says the Mets are contemplating signing Mark Reynolds to play the outfield.

However, Davidoff says his $7 million price tag may be too high.

Reynolds has played two games in the outfield in his Major League career.

In 135 games for the Orioles in 2012, Reynolds – who was non-tendered by Baltimore last week – hit .221 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI with 73 walks and 159 strikeouts in 135 games. He led the National League in strikeouts from 2008-2011 while with the Diamondbacks.

In his career at Citi Field, Reynolds has hit .281 with four home runs and seven RBI in 36 plate appearances.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Marlins have expressed interest in signing Reynolds, and the Orioles are still hopeful they can re-sign him, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Reynolds has prolific power, but he strikes out a ton. That’s not uncommon for one-dimensional hitters like Reynolds, who has a long and loopy swing. He is right-handed as well, which is something the Mets need. But he is a corner infielder by trade, and hasn’t played in the outfield since 2007 (and all of two games). With Lucas Duda already a butcher out there, I’d be very concerned about the outfield defense with Reynolds in one of the corner outfield spots.