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Guardians Designate Franmil Reyes For Assignment

Guardians Designate Franmil Reyes For Assignment

The Guardians have appointed DH/outfielder Franmil Reyes for assignment, reports Zack Meisel of The Athletic. Although his 2022 figures have fallen well below his career figures, the move still comes as a surprise, given Reyes’ age (2022 is his season of 26) and his prodigious brute strength. He was selected for Triple-A Columbus earlier this week.

Since his debut with the Padres in 2018, Reyes has been one of the more consistent home run threats in the game, despite playing his home games at San Diego’s Petco Park (the most pitcher-friendly stadium in the majors) and Progressive Field ( relatively neutral but still pitcher-friendly), went deep in 5.6% of his career plate appearances (the league-wide average over the same period is 3.3%). However, that number has fallen to 3.2% by 2022, while his strikeout rate has risen to 37.1% (versus a career of 30.7%) and his walk rate has fallen to 5% (8.4% career).

These unfortunate trends translated into a meager .213/.254/.350 triple-slash, a far cry from his career .253/.314/.478 battle line — especially in the energy department. The Guardians, who came into play two games behind the Twins in the AL Central and one game behind the Rays for the final wildcard spot on Saturday, are likely to continue to rotate Josh Naylor and Owen Miller between first base and Reyes’ former DH spot.

Given his very real power potential — and the passing of the trade deadline — there could be some very real interest in Reyes from contending teams, perhaps even before he approves waivers. Any team claiming the slugger would owe him a proportional share of his $4.55 MM salary in 2022, while he would only owe a proportional share of the minimum wage after that. Reyes actually has two years of team control left, though he’ll be lining up for at least a modest raise if a team chooses to offer him a contract.