The San Francisco Giants have reached an agreement with veteran left-handed pitcher Matt Reynolds on a minor-league contract which includes a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, as reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
Despite a string of impressive outings in Double-A and Triple-A, Reynolds sputtered in limited time at the big league level last season, walking five batters and allowing five runs in only six innings. The San Francisco Giants designated him for assignment in late September not too long after an outing against the San Diego Padres in which he allowed two walks, three hits, and four runs without registering an out.
San Francisco’s signing of Reynolds was motivated purely by a lack of suitable left-handed relievers outside of Will Smith, Josh Osich, and Steven Okert. Reynolds isn’t going to overpower opposing batters with his fastball, topping out in the low 90s, and struggles with his command at times, but with a four-pitch at his disposal, he has the tools to work as a situational lefty.
Reynolds will more than likely will not suit up for the orange and black next season. But, should a couple of pitchers fall end up on the DL, the Giants will have a veteran who has posted high strikeout rates in their back pocket.
Reynolds was not the only Giant who signed a minor-league contract today as Mike Broadway and Ruben Tejada signed with the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees, respectively. Broadway made his debut with San Francisco after nine years in the minors, allowing 17 runs in his 22.2 innings of work since 2015 for the Giants. Tejada played in only 13 games last season for San Francisco before the team designated him for assignment, posting a .156/.270/.250 slash line in that time.
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