What Options Do The Cardinals Have At First Base?

Option 1: Use Mark Reynolds as the everyday man

Mark Reynolds was signed to a one year $2 million deal this offseason to provide power off the bench. Now he is suddenly the starter due to Adams’ injury. Reynolds is slashing a mediocre .253/.321/.404 with a mere three longballs, but he has only had 99 at-bats, which leaves room for him to boost those numbers a bit.

Reynolds is 31 years old, however, and may not be up to the task of being the everyday guy. He only played 130 games last year. There’s also the 2014 slash line of .196/.287/.404 with 22 home runs. The Cardinals didn’t bring Reynolds in to be the starter and hit .285. They brought him in to provide pop off the bench. Now with Reynolds on the field every day, the bench is greatly weakened, and management doesn’t know if the veteran can even keep up his current slash line. Let’s say management decides that Reynolds isn’t the everyday guy, they could go for…

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