Source: Yankees offer Reynolds a contract, but Reynolds declines

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Well if you were rooting for Mark Reynolds to return to the Yankees, it might not happen–or it might take a Major League contract to do so.

According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, a source close to him said the Yankees offered a minor-league deal to Reynolds which included an invitation to Spring Training. Reynolds and his agent declined the contract offer, which means the Yankees might have to look elsewhere for a replacement third basemen..

Yesterday on the blog, I wrote how the Yankees were also interested in Michael Young, so if Reynolds doesn’t re-sign with the Yankees, then Young could be the next readily available option.

On a side and personal note, I think the Young signing would be a great deal. He offers Gold Glove defense, he’s a good hitter and he’s actually one of the few players I can already imagine in pinstripes. (Sorry, Jacoby Ellsbury. I just didn’t see it until you actually put on the pinstripes).

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23 Responses to Source: Yankees offer Reynolds a contract, but Reynolds declines

  1. Yankeesavant says:

    Since when is young a gold glove caliber defender? Do you even follow baseball? Isn't his glove the reason Texas made him the DH? He may be serviceable, but he also lacks pop at his age.

    • Casey H says:

      Whoever wrote this is obviously an asshole haha.. Youngs defense is piss poor.. He's not 29 anymore

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Since he actually won a Gold Glove??? Shortstop and third base are NOT all that different. Only difference is you're moved a couple feet over but you're still on the same side of the diamond. I bet you ANYONE who can play great SS could play 3B.

      • Del Pratt says:

        And Omar Vizquel was a gold glove shortstop… at one point in his career. There is a reason both were moved off SS. If they could play SS at that age, they would, not 2B or 3B.

      • Yankees Fanatic says:

        I disagree 3b your playing on reflex because your playing in and ss your playing deep and need to be able to cover more ground Hello :)

        • Spot on, aging shortstops often are moved to 3rd. Which is why Jeter should be at 3rd base. His lack of mobility is less of a liability at 3rd than SS. If they are going to take a serious run at Tanaka, plan 189 is scrapped so they may as well overpay Steven Drew to play SS.

  2. Big Al says:

    In Young maybe they're trying to duplicate what Brosius did for them a veteran player who had some success , in the twilight of their career get rejuvenated and get a couple good years out of him.

  3. Sorry, but I have to point out that Michael Young is a BAD defensive 3rd baseman. Over the last five years his Total Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) have been -15, -11, -3, -6, -20. His UZR at third base in the same span: -8.4, -5.3, -1.6, -5.6, -14.0.

    The Gold Glove is a joke of an award. It's basically a popularity contest among coaches.

  4. Mike Sommer says:

    Worried about Young and his age. In Jeter and A-Rod, you would have had a SS turning 40 in June and a 3B turning 39 in July. Replacing A-rod with Young doesn't help the age or range issue much regarding that left side of the infield.

  5. Robert B says:

    Young will change his name to Old… He can still hit but he can't catch. Sizemore is a better alternative, at least with the glove.

  6. yankeeman says:

    Let me understand what kind of offer this is to Reynolds. IT'S BULL-S–T. The guy can play adecent 3rd and a decent 1st base if needed and he hits HR,s. Cashy/Yanks didn't mind Granderson striking out 200+ times a year. He was an iffy CF. Young is kinda like Jeter on a quick downhill slide.. Jeter may play 50 to 100 (instead of 17) games this year between SS & DH if the Yanks are lucky. As for TEX, who knows? He got HURT BAD hitting off a TEE for goodness sake. He ain't got any staying power in my eyes.So far with the Yanks TEX has been all hat and no saddle. The Yanks could have saved a bunch of money to buy a decent SS if they would have offered Jeter a MINOR LEAGUE contract, the same as Reynolds.

    • When the Yankees called on Reynolds last August he was sitting home on the couch waiting for the phone to ring. He is a scrap heap guy. He should have taken the Yankee invite because if you didn't notice, NO ONE ELSE HAS SHOWN A BIT OF INTEREST. He is a seriously flawed player. Slow, zero range at 3rd and below average defensively at first (and I am being kind).

  7. Yankees fan says:

    Give Mark Reynolds a major league contract areay. Like Yankeeman said he can play decent 1st and 3rd and lots of home runs give him 4 – 5 mill.

    • pisano says:

      I agree with the two post above me, the guy can play first, and third, and will hit 20+ hr's. Sign him, if the Yankees can throw away 12 mil. on Jeter, they can sign Reynolds.

      • Jeter had a 9.3Million Player OPTION for 2014. The $12.5Million was mutually agreed upon as it actually brought down his AAV against the luxury tax. AAV is the average salary a player receives through the duration of the active contract. What's with all the Jeter bashing in favor of the immortal Mark Reynolds? Send up a flair when you get a clue.

        • pisano says:

          No one is bashing Jeter, the essence of the above posts are too emphasize the need for a Mark Reynolds type of player, being able to play first base and third base, and to be able to hit with power is a good thing to have on your team. Myself and the other posters are in awe that the Yankees would not sign a guy that they need. He's probably the best one out there for the lowest cost. What I was alluding to as far as the $12 million went, was what's another 3 million to grab Reynolds, especially when the Yankees just got out of a big hole with Arod.

          • OK—–Jeter signed a 3 year contract with a fourth year Player Option. The first 3 years were at something like $18million per. The fourth year is for this coming year. Jeter HAD control as to weather stay put for the 4th year but the salary was more or less cut in half, $9.3Million. He could pick up the option or become a free agent. Of course he was going to pick up the $9.3Million.

            Now $18 million times 3 is $57Million plus the 4th year (2014) an additional $9.3Million. So the value of that contract is about $68Million. Divide $68Million by 4 and you get $17Million. That would have meant there would be $17Million hit against plan189. That $17Million contract average per year is the AAV.

            Instead, they mutually agreed to void the contract, giving Jeter some extra $$$ the $12.5Million, but in doing so the value of that new contract (the AAV) luxury tax hit was lowered from $17Million to $12.5 million giving the Yanks MORE money to spend on the likes of Mark Reynolds.

            The reason they have not signed Mark Reynolds (nor has anyone else) is that he strikes out a bzillion times a seasson and defensively he is a sub-par corner infielder. They may still sign him, but Derek Jeter's $12.5Million has nothing to do with it.

  8. rose heller says:

    why the hell would the yanks offer Reynolds a minor league contract? they are acting like a minor league organization. hell, the man is good for at least twenty home runs. so he does'nt field as good as nettles. so what, nobody does.

  9. pisano says:

    Right on Rose, I couldn't have said it any better.

  10. ricky says:

    I can't see Jeter doing anything in 2014 offense/defense.

  11. About the whole "whos on third" dilemma. How does Kelly Johnson either the full time guy, or left hand hitting platoon guy? In 7 Major League seasons he has played 16 games at third base. Of course, there is always Yanervis Solarte.

  12. Yankees fan says:

    Sign Reynolds and have Kelly Johnson play 45 percent defence so Mark Reynolds is no pressured. If Mark Texaria can't play for I don't know say the 20 first games of the season because of his wrist injury Reynolds would be a grate replacement if the Yankees sign Tanaka and Reynolds that would be a good offseason get Reynolds and Tanaka and anything short of the playoffs is terrible GO YANKEES!

  13. mikefoxtrot says:

    the Yankees don't need yet another infielder of no great value. they have have a dozen such already.

    either they can get a GOOD player or they needn't bother.