Veteran infielder hit 22 home runs last season and has 224 for his career
ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 11, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today they have signed infielder Mark Reynolds to a one-year contract.
Reynolds, 31, has played in 1,118 games over his eight-year Major League career with five different teams, most recently with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014.
Last season, Reynolds batted .196 with 22 home runs and 45 RBI in 130 games. His 22 home runs ranked 18th among National League sluggers.
The right-handed hitting Reynolds has 224 career home runs, ranking 23rd among active players.
Reynolds has hit 20 or more home runs in each of his last seven seasons, one of only six players in Major League Baseball to claim that feat joining his new teammate Matt Holliday, along with Hunter Pence, David Ortiz, Brian McCann and Miguel Cabrera. He topped out with 44 during the 2009 campaign when he ranked fourth in the National League while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Reynolds made starts at three different positions last season with 72 starts at first base, 29 at third base and one in right field. His career has made stops with the Diamondbacks from 2007-10, the Baltimore Orioles in 2011-12 and split the 2013 season between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
Reynolds, a native of Pikeville, Ky., was originally drafted in the 16th round of the 2004 first-year player draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the University of Virginia, where he still holds the second highest home run total with 35 for the Cavaliers.