A "little conversation" with Mike Rizzo convinced Mark Reynolds to sign with the Nationals

Lisa Redmond
NBC Sports Washington

If you didn't know who Mark Reynolds was before Sunday, you certainly became acquainted with him during the Nats' 6-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In his first game as a National, Reynolds homered twice and went 3-4-4 after being called up from the minors when first baseman, Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Quite the first impression, huh? 

However, Reynolds is no stranger to the big leagues. The 34-year old became a free agent after the 2017 season and turned down several minor league offers, feeling he deserved more.

A 12-year veteran, Reynolds raked up 30 home runs and 97 RBIs with the Colorado Rockies just last year. It was until April, after becoming content with staying home and taking care of his kids, that the Nats came calling - again - and convinced him otherwise. 

"We liked him at the beginning of spring training," Nats GM Mike Rizzo said on the Sports Junkies Wednesday.

"We reached out and made an offer. At that time, he wasn't ready to take a minor league offer because of the season that he had and then finally we circled back and kind of gave him a little conversation saying you know, 'what are you waiting for? What are you trying to accomplish here?'"

"'I wanna get back to the big leagues,'"[Reynolds said].

"I said, 'well sitting there's not going to help you get back to the big leagues because if an injury happens, if something does go wrong with a team, you're going to have to go through four weeks of spring training to get prepared so you might as well do the four weeks now, and then when something happens, you get the go right away.'"

The "little conversation" worked and Reynolds made the Nats his eighth major league team. 

"We kind of mapped out a plan of attack for him and he accepted it and we signed him the next day, and like I said, two weeks later, he's in the big leagues for us."

Snagging stars is what Mike Rizzo does best and Reynolds will continue to try to make his impression felt against the New York Yankees tonight. 

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