La Mole is so fun to watch. I know he’s off to a rough, dare I say Carlos Santana-level start to the season, but come on. Thirty home runs a year ago? An OPS+ of 127? He’s already 26, in the prime of his career and he’s still learning and mashing baseballs at a four-hitter level. It’s clear that fans and front office members alike want Reyes to figure out his slump (maybe a rehab assignment helps that) and continue his barnstorming path of dominance.
Allowing Reyes to continue and play deep into his second and third arbitration years is silly. His talent is going to command more than the $4.55 million he currently makes in the next few years, and the last thing you want is Reyes asking for a six-figure contract the Guardians know they can’t pay.
At his best, Reyes can be one of the best power hitters in baseball. At his worst, it’s easy to draw comparisons to Mark Reynolds or Chris Davis at the end of their careers. Is the volatility worth the extension? I think so. It’d be brutal to see the Franimal crushing balls for any team other than the Guardians.