It looks like the Cleveland Indians might have found their slugger they’ve been shopping for.
The Associated Press reported late Sunday night that a person familiar with the negotiations said the Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent slugger Mark Reynolds.
The person spoke Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the agreement is pending a physical.
The AP said the Indians spoke with Reynolds’ agent at the winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. They also have shown interest in Kevin Youkilis, who is weighing an offer from the New York Yankees.
Reynolds, 28, hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs in 135 games for Baltimore in 2012. He has 181 career homers in six seasons in the majors.
Cleveland needs some power in its lineup. Carlos Santana led the Indians with 18 homers last season.
The problem with Reynolds, however, is his tendency to miss. Reynolds had 159 strikeouts last season. He averaged more than 200 strikeouts a season from 2008-11.
– from wire reports