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Rockies re-sign Mark Reynolds to minor-league deal

The slugger has a great shot of making the team despite signing a non-roster deal.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Colorado Rockies Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockies have re-signed Mark Reynolds to a minor-league deal, as first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The deal includes an invite to major-league spring training.

Reynolds, 33, posted a solid .282/.356/.450 line with 14 homers in 118 games for the Rockies last season but had to settle for a non-guaranteed deal due to the surplus of sluggers available on this year’s free-agent market. Mike Napoli and Chris Carter remain available for teams looking for a big bat at first base, with Brandon Moss and Mark Trumbo recently coming off the board.

Reynolds will likely serve as a backup option to free-agent signee Ian Desmond, providing depth for a Rockies’ club that could still trade an outfielder and shift Desmond to the outfield. Reynolds also has experience at third base, second base and both corner outfield spots during his 10-year major-league career.

Reynolds owns a career .234/.236/.452 line in the majors with the Diamondbacks (2007-10), Orioles (2011-12), Indians (2013), Yankees (2013), Brewers (2014), Cardinals (2015) and Rockies (2016). He has hit 251 career home runs in that span.