|At least Reynolds fields better than he dresses.|
It is remarkable how peculiar this past season was. His offense and his defense (split between third and first) was worth 30 and -25 runs, respectively. This earned him a rWAR of 0.5. For context, your league average starter should be worth about 2 rWAR. Below the 2 mark and you need to seriously consider the guy to be a spare part. Amazingly, David Hernandez, one of the guys the Orioles traded for Reynolds, earned a 1.1 rWAR this past year and is making a tenth of Reynolds' salary. The conclusion that Hernandez in the bullpen would have been better or at least equal to Reynolds in the field was one I would not have been comfortable making last year. I knew Reynolds' defense was poor, but it was such a train wreck this past season that it effectively obscured his hitting.
It should be clear that Reynolds has no place on this team at third base. It should also be clear that you are looking at an average 1B at best. At DH, he would be more valuable than Vlad, but Vlad performed like a replacement player this past year. I think it all goes back to seeing how well Reynolds can play left field and then not picking up the option as the team wanders into the 2012 off season.
List of the five worst seasons by rWAR for players who hit 37 or more homeruns.
1) Dave Kingman - 1982, 37 HR, 204/285/432, -0.2 rWAR
Only player to hit 37 home runs or more and have a negative rWAR.
2) Dante Bichette - 1995, 40 HR, 340/364/620, 0.3 rWAR
Evidence of how crazy a run environment Coors Field was and how awful of an outfielder Bichette was.
3) Mark Reynolds - 2011, 37 HR, 221/323/483, 0.5 rWAR
Good offense mitigated by terrible defense at third and first.
4) Cecil Fielder - 1996, 39 HR, 252/350/484, 0.5 rWAR
I could see the same exact line for his son when he is 32.
5) Adam Dunn - 2006, 40 HR, 234/365/490, 0.6 rWAR
Just miserable defense, pure and simple.