Mark Reynolds to Milwaukee
It came out yesterday that Mark Reynolds has agreed to a minor league deal with the Brewers. So the question I began to get was, of course, why Milwaukee and not with the Yankees?
According to Jon Heyman, Reynolds will make $2 million – plus $500,000 in potential incentives — if the makes the big league team in Milwaukee, so I guess there’s a chance the Brewers simply offered more money. Mostly, though, the Brewers have a first base situation that’s a lot like the Yankees’ third base situation. In fact, that Milwaukee job might even be more readily available. Seems like Reynolds passed up a good opportunity with the Yankees, but if he’s just looking for playing time, he might have found a preferable opportunity with the Brewers.
Masahiro Tanaka and the Cubs
The Cubs generated a lot of Masahiro Tanaka buzz during this week’s Owners Meetings. There seems to a be a belief in the game that the Cubs are ready and willing to spend big on the Japanese ace, putting them on a list with the Yankees, Mariners and Dodgers as teams that have been, at various points, the darlings of the Tanaka sweepstakes.
But there’s still no indication that Tanaka is close to signing with any team, and when the Yankees are quiet, like they are right now, that’s sometimes an indication that they’re at their most dangerous. It’s worth noting that two different reports out of Chicago this morning indicated the Cubs are still long shots. From the Chicago Tribune: “Although the Cubs appear to be a long shot for marquee pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, that didn’t stop…” From the Chicago Sun-Times: “In fact, breathless national reports via Twitter and blogs Thursday overshot the Cubs’ likelihood of hanging with the big-spending favorites in New York and Los Angeles…”