, who spent the past two seasons as a starting corner infielder with the
, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $6 million plus incentives with the
, according to an industry source.
Reynolds, 29, hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs in 135 games last year after a 2011 season in which he hit a team-leading 37 homers in 155 games.
The Orioles held an $11 million option on Reynolds for 2013 that the club declined this offseason, preferring instead to buy it out for $500,000. They also could have taken him to arbitration this winter -- where he likely would have made roughly $9 million after earning $7.5 million last season -- but instead did not offer him a contract, allowing him to become a free agent. At the time, club executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team was not opposed to bringing him back, but would first allow him to test his value on the open market.
It became pretty clear that the Orioles were moving on when they didn't attempt to make Reynolds an offer before non-tendering him a contract and when they did not meet with his representatives during baseball's winter meetings in Nashville.
Reynolds expressed disappointment when he and the Orioles could not reach agreement, but said he was interested in finding a club that held its
The Orioles acquired Reynolds in a trade with the
Laidback in the clubhouse but mostly intense on the field, Reynolds was lauded by teammates for his work ethic and his toughness. Fans seemed to embrace his grittiness, but were frustrated by his penchant for striking out and his streakiness – which included red-hot periods and times when he couldn't put the ball in play.
Still, without a set first baseman for next year –
As of Sunday evening, the Indians had not made the transaction official, which is pending a physical. CBSSports.com first reported the signing.