Goodbye Mr. Matt Reynolds.
It was very subtlely announced by the Washington Nationals that they’ve acquired Matt Reynolds from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations:
Before you start crying into your peanuts over this, let me be the first to remind you all that Matt Reynolds is not Justin Turner, and he certainly wasn’t Daniel Murphy. Reynolds finished last season with a line of .230/.326/.301. I won’t spend this entire post stating the obvious about his lack of skill at the MLB level. (For that, you can always check out his season review that I wrote a few weeks ago.)
Just for fun, let’s take a look at Justin Turner’s slash line at the end of his 2013 season. His last season as a Met looked something like .280/.319/.385. You can argue that Reynolds’ OBP and SLG aren’t too different from Turner’s. However, there is a significant difference in their batting averages. The .280 batting average on Turner’s end at least tells me, that he’s able to do some kind of damage at a major league level. He puts the ball in play. Reynolds not only struggled with putting the ball in play but his .326 OBP tells me he has terrible plate discipline as well.
And of course, if we want to compare this to the dreaded Daniel Murphy move, we can take a look at his line as well. Murphy’s 2016 season with the Mets ended with a line of .281/.322/.449. Also, not a great OBP. But again we see that batting average at .281. Not to mention the 2015 postseason was enough to convince anyone that Murphy looked to be trending upward.
Matt Reynolds shows no such trend. If he should suddenly explode with talent after this trade, it would truly be by some kind of miracle. At the very least it spares us from seeing him again, should a string of players end up on the DL. Best of luck with the Nats Matt, I hope you continue to play at the same level we’ve grown accustomed to in Queens.