The guards assign Franmil Reyes to the assignment

The guards appointed a guide / outfielder Franmil Reyes for assignment, reports Zack Meisel of The Athletic. Although his 2022 numbers have dropped well below his career points, the move is still a surprise given Reyes’ age (2022 is his season at 26) and his incredible raw power. Earlier this week, he was given the “Triple Columbus” option.

Since making his debut with Padres in 2018, Reyes has been one of the game’s more consistent home run threats, despite playing at home at San Diego’s Petco Park (the most pitcher-friendly stadium in major tournaments) and Progressive Field (relatively neutral but still pitcher friendly), delving into 5.6% of his career appearances (the league-wide average over the same period is 3.3%). However, this figure fell to 3.2% in 2022, while its cross-pass rate increased to 37.1% (compared to 30.7% in career) and its walking rate fell to 5% (8.4% in career).

These unfortunate trends translated into a modest triple cut .213 / .254 / .350, a long way from his .253 / .314 / .478 career – particularly in the energy department. Rangers who went into play Saturday two games behind the Twins at AL Central and playing behind the Rays for the ultimate wildcard slot are likely to continue to spin Josh Naylor and Owen Miller between First Base and Reyes’ former landmark.

Given his very real power potential – and the passing of the trading deadline – there could be a very strong interest in Reyes from rival teams, possibly even before he is cleared of layoffs. Any team claiming sluggishness would owe them a proportionate share of their $ 4.55 million salary in 2022, while later they would only owe them a proportionate share of the minimum wage. Reyes has two more years of control of the team, although he will be able to get at least a modest raise if the team decides to sign him up.

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