The Royals have announced they have signed infielder Matt Reynolds to a minor league contract. The 28-year old has three years of Major League experience with the Mets and Nationals, appearing in 127 games and hitting .223/.295/.340 with four home runs in 240 plate appearances. The right-handed hitter spent all of last year in Triple-A with the Nationals, hitting .295/.401/.521 with 16 home runs in the offensive-friendly Pacific Coast League.
Reynolds is a Tulsa, Oklahoma native who attended the University of Arkansas. He is capable of playing all over the field, appearing at first base, second base, shortstop, third base, and left and right field. He will likely compete for a job as a reserve infielder with Humberto Arteaga and Erick Mejia, among others. Reynolds could fill the same role that Chris Owings did last year, although with perhaps less upside, and if Reynolds is as bad as Owings was last year, at least the Royals won’t be out much money by removing Reynolds off the MLB roster.
This is the opposite of a sexy move by the Royals, but if they’re going to add players this winter, this is the way to do it. Find players that can fill holes and supplement the roster, but use minor league deals to maintain roster flexibility.