Reynolds announced Thursday in an appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio on SiriusXM that he has retired from professional baseball. When asked by radio host Steve Torre whether he was looking to sign with a club while the MLB season remains on a hiatus, Reynolds admitted that he decided to end to his 13-year MLB career after submitting a career-low .601 OPS in 78 games with Colorado in 2019. The 36-year-old Reynolds spent time in the majors with the Diamondbacks, Orioles, Indians, Yankees, Brewers, Cardinals, Rockies and Nationals during his career, slugging 298 home runs while leading the league in strikeouts four times.
Reynolds was officially released by the Rockies on Sunday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Reynolds was designated for assignment by the team last weekend after garnering only 13 at-bats through the first three weeks of July. The 35-year-old closes his 2019 tenure in Colorado with a .170/.290/.311 slash line and four home runs in 162 plate appearances.
Reynolds was designated for assignment Sunday. Reynolds had been playing only sparingly in July, drawing just two starts in 14 contests. His performance also didn't help his cause as he was hitting .170/.290/.311 across 162 plate appearances for the season.
Reynolds started at first base and went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers. According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, Reynolds is back on the bench for Sunday's series finale, so he'll finish June having made just six starts. The lack of consistent at-bats seems to have had a negative effect on Reynolds, who is 3-for-38 with 15 strikeouts dating back to May 18.
Reynolds is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Reynolds saw a streak of five consecutive starts come to an end Saturday when the Rockies finally faced a right-handed starting pitcher (Aaron Nola). That ended a stretch of seven consecutive matchups versus lefties, which had resulted in Daniel Murphy collecting dust on the bench. With Murphy now at first base for the second day in a row, Reynolds still looks like nothing more than a short-side platoon player for the Rockies.
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