Reynolds is projected to crack the Rockies' Opening Day roster, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Though Reynolds is attending camp as a non-roster invitee, Groke notes that the veteran "will almost certainly make the team" as the backup to everyday first baseman Daniel Murphy and a pinch-hitting threat off the bench. Assuming Groke's prediction holds true, Reynolds will essentially fill the role held in the second half of last season by Matt Holliday, who wasn't re-signed after becoming a free agent this winter.
Updating a previous report, Reynolds isn't slated to see any usage at second base during spring training, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Saunders retracted his report from Sunday indicating that Reynolds would pick up reps at the keystone during camp, with Saunders noting that he misconstrued manager Bud Black's comments on the matter. Instead, Garrett Hampson, Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers will get most of the work at second base as the Rockies look to replace DJ LeMahieu, per Saunders. Reynolds will still aim to secure a reserve gig on the Rockies' Opening Day roster, though in his familiar corner-infield spots.
Manager Bud Black said that Reynolds may work out some at second base, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. The veteran slugger has spent nearly his entire big-league career at either first or third base. However, it seems the Rockies are willing to see what he can offer at the keystone with a completely open competition at the position heading into spring training. Reynolds has seven appearances at second base to his name in the majors, but he'll need to produce enough with the bat to warrant a spot on the active roster. Garrett Hampson, Ryan McMahon and Pat Valaika also figure to be vying for the starting second base role.
Reynolds agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Reynolds spent most of the 2018 campaign with the Nationals, slashing .248/.328/.476 with 13 homers and 40 RBI in 235 plate appearances (86 games). The veteran slugger is set to return to Colorado, where he hit a solid .274/.354/.471 with 44 homers in 2016 and 2017. Reynolds will compete for a bench role.
Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a home run, a single and two RBI in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. Reynolds gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead with his two-run shot in the fourth inning, but they weren't able to hold the lead against the Cubs on Thursday night. Reynolds doesn't draw regular playing time, but he does have multiple hits in his last two starts. He now has a .268 average with 13 HR and 38 RBI over 192 plate appearances in 2018.