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 MLB.com.
Reynolds was non-tendered by the Orioles after making $7.5 million last season. MLBTradeRumors.com 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.