In some of the earliest player news regarding the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason involves a guy that probably won’t even see Chase Field in 2014. The D-Backs announced they have avoided arbitration with left-handed reliever Matt Reynolds, signing him to a one year $550,000 contract with a 2015 team option for $600,000. Reynolds was 0-2 with a 1.98 ERA in 30 appearances before being placed on the disabled list on June 10th with an elbow strain that eventually would require Tommy John surgery.
On November 20, 2012 Reynolds came over to the D-Backs from the Rockies in exchange for Minor League third baseman Ryan Wheeler. While most of the bullpen faltered early and often, Reynolds became a rock, starting the year with 17 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. His two saves came in back-to-back games April 23rd and 24th against the Giants. Reynolds allowed only six earned runs in 27 1/3 innings, half of them coming over his final two appearances.
Some may ask what the point is of signing someone who may not even pitch for the team next season. While $550,000 is a lot of money to most of us, in the baseball scheme of things, it is not a terrible investment. It is called cost certainty. With modern medicine, there is an excellent chance he can come back in September. Besides, a $600,000 option in 2015 is a bargain if Reynolds displays anything close to his form of 2013.
Rest up, Matty and we wish you a speedy recovery.