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Mets designate INF Matt Reynolds for assignment

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 05: Matt Reynolds /

With the official announcement of the Todd Frazier signing, the Mets had to make a corresponding move to fit him into the 40-man roster.

And the casualty of that signing was Matt Reynolds. The 27-year-old infielder was designated for assignment on Wednesday afternoon. While it doesn’t mean his career as a Met is over (he could clear waivers and end up back in the minors with the club), the decision to DFA him was definitely an easy one.

Over the past couple of season, Reynolds has been one of those players that ended up on the major league roster due to a high number of injuries and that was about it. It was never really a welcome sight to find out Reynolds had been promoted back to Queens.

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Reynolds has only had 226 plate appearances in the majors overall, but he failed to impress offensively the entire time. In this small sample size, Reynolds has had an OPS of .652 which is just abysmal. He’s also became a strikeout machine that K’d around a third of the time he stepped up to the plate. That’s just a bad combo in general.

Reynolds also showed no real power (as evidenced by his awful OPS) going deep only four times so far in his career. Of course, like other Pacific Coast Leaguers, Reynolds’ numbers were inflated the minute he landed in Vegas where he posted an OPS of .880 in 2017. Unfortunately for the Mets, that never translated to the major leagues.

Overall, Reynolds has a decent glove that can play multiple positions but his time with the Mets could not have ended sooner. He survived the Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes signings, but with another infield coming on board, the choice was clear.

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Reynolds wasn’t really in the running to make the major league roster, either. At this point, the backup infielders consist of mainly Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores, so this decision definitely wont affect the big league team in the short term.