Reynolds, D-backs to talk contract
Club set to negotiate face-to-face with third baseman Friday
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The contract negotiations between the D-backs and third baseman Mark Reynolds could come to a head Friday, when the two sides are set to sit down together face-to-face, a Major League source said Thursday.
Although the D-backs haven't confirmed, SI.com reported that Arizona has offered Reynolds a two-year deal worth $13.5 million. That would be two years after the 2010 season. As he is not eligible for salary arbitration, Reynolds' salary for '10 will be set by the club.
Reynolds hit 44 homers and drove in 102 runs while hitting .260 and improving his defense at third base last season. He also set a Major League record for strikeouts with 223, surpassing his own record from the year before when he fanned 208 times.
Reynolds, 26, just missed qualifying for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" player this year. That means the club still has the right to set his salary for 2010. After that, he has three years of arbitration eligibility.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.