Rumor: Yankees met with Mark Reynolds, who is open to a 1-year deal

With four of the five potential third base replacements that I wrote about yesterday already off the board, the Yankees have had to go a bit deeper in their search for a new third baseman. This brings us to Mark Reynolds.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Reynolds’ agent on Wednesday and he is said to be “intrigued” by the Yankees interest and open to take a one-year deal, according to Bryan Hoch of

Reynolds was non-tendered by the Orioles after making $7.5 million last season. projected him to earn $8.9 in arbitration, but he is reportedly looking for something in the $7.5 million range, is open to a one-year deal, and is supposedly “intrigued” by the possibility of signing with the Yankees.

Reynolds, 29, is a mixed bag offensively. His career line is .235/.332/.475. He does strikeout a ton. I mean a lot. He’s struck out at least 204 times in a season three times. He also has a low batting average and even hit .198 in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On the plus side, he shows patience at the plate with a career OBP is about 100 points higher than his average. He’s also got a ton of pop and hit 44 home runs in 2009.

Basically it seems that the Yankees would be getting the infield version of Curtis Granderson except that he’s right handed and won’t be able to take advantage of the short porch.

He also comes with Granderson’s defensive problems though and is even worse. In his career he has a negative-61.1 UZR and really didn’t even play third base much last season after committing 26 errors there in 2011 when he had a negative-28.2 UZR.

The Yankees are  in a desperate spot though so they might have to overlook his shortcomings and realize his biggest positive — he is reportedly willing to sign a one-year deal.

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12 Responses to Rumor: Yankees met with Mark Reynolds, who is open to a 1-year deal

  1. Mike says:

    Your kidding me with Reynolds. Play Nunez at third and live with his shortcomings with his glove. At least he won't strikeout 200 times.

    • Marc Perez says:

      Couldn't agree more. Declining power, shitty glove, strikes out a ton, doesn't even have decent speed anymore. This dude's washed up. Stay far away from him.

      • Mark Panuthos says:

        well, maybe he can hit right behind Granderson, so that the Yankees won't be accused so often of not scoring WRISP.

  2. ollie says:

    Finally a good Rumor. Hope he signs. He can also play a bit of 1st.

  3. clay says:

    How about moving Tex to 3rd. I read he played third in the minors. Seems easier to fill the hole at 1st than 3rd base?

  4. Mike says:

    Teixera played maybe a handful of games in the minors. He played 3B at Georgia Tech.

  5. Mike says:

    Ok 86 games in minors. He's not a 3B anymore. May as well move Jeter to 3rd and play Nunez at short. Better yet get Michael Young.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      I agree, moving Jeter to 3B is pretty obvious. He's 39, coming off a broken ankle and his range has sucked for years. His arm is a little weak for 3B but at least his range won't be an issue. This gets done with older SS's as a rule, and the team does have a potential replacement at SS in Nunez and Nix. Can't understand why this isn't happening.

      • Marc Perez says:

        Wow surprisingly good solution, never thought of that. Jeter would play a solid (not outstanding) third. Nunez would cover a lot of ground at short and eventually he's bound to stop booting the ball as much. Then you've got A-Rod at permanent DH. Way less chance he gets injured and he can focus on just his swing. Seems like a perfect solution. If only the Yanks weren't scared to try an unconventional approach to fielding a team every once in a while.

  6. ldubinsky says:

    what the heck???? why not see if Jason Giambi wants to play third?

    are you folks all freakin out?

  7. Fred V says:

    Are we all forgetting that Tex saves every infielder on that team from committing multiple errors on a daily basis? Even when he's not hitting anything he's still a plus because of his glovework at first. Putting anyone else at first would just compound the problem of finding a third baseman…

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