Signing Mark Reynolds is the kind of futile gesture that the Indians of the 80s would have done. You have gaping holes on a 68-94 team and your solution to that is to overpay ($6-7.5 million) a marginal free agent whose productivity you could get from your in-house options.
The kind of move that has fall-flat-on-your-face written all over it.
I don't know, if Reynolds were available in a trade, I would have traded Rondon and McFarland for him. But wait, we don't have Rondon and McFarland BECAUSE WE ALREADY LOST THEM IN THE RULE 5 draft.
But we did draft another first baseman in that draft, Chris McGuiness. Yeah, that looks like a really smart move now, doesn't it? McGuiness lasted all of about 4 days before we made him totally expendable.
This organization is such horsecrap because their moves don't make sense when they are made and, in many cases with this one as an example, contradict earlier moves.
True Indians fans, all 150 of us, are so numb by now that moves like this mostly roll of our backs.
But losing Rondon and McFarland, picking up McGuiness and then making him irrelevant with the bloated signing of Reynolds is just about as comically pathetic as you can get.
I can't wait to see what we get back if we trade Asdrubal Cabrera.
Memo to Indians' organization:
(1) Bend over
(2) Put hands on tops of your shoulders
(3) With a quick yet forceful motion, full your head out of your rear end
(4) After (3) is accomplished, do something really smart for a change!
Seems simple, but the simplicity of this seems to allude Antonetti.