Reynolds Unlikely To Return To Yankees

Mark Reynolds is unlikely to return to the Yankees, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweets, citing a source who says the Yanks have only offered the infielder a minor-league deal. "He won't take that," Feinsand says.

Reynolds, 30, clubbed six homers for the Yankees in 36 games after they brought him on in August, compiling a .236/.300/.455 line in New York overall. While that OBP is a step down from Reynolds' .329 career average, it's generally a vintage Reynolds line: big power and a low batting average fueled by one of the game's highest strikeout rates. Some have speculated that the Bombers might try to re-up with Reynolds now that they can be certain Alex Rodriguez won't be manning third base for the club in 2014. However, it now appears that they're not interested in anything beyond a minimal commitment.

Stephen Drew is the top left-side infielder remaining on the free agent market, though the Red Sox extended him a qualifying offer. Michael Young is another option, and the Yanks already have Kelly Johnson in the fold.


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36 Comments on "Reynolds Unlikely To Return To Yankees"


jjs91
1 year 7 months ago

I rather have baker but as of now they can both make the team, if they get rid of ichiro.I don’t see how roberts deserves a major league deal and he doesn’t.

JJ
1 year 7 months ago

Agree, why NYY gave roberts 2MM but they want to offer him a minor league deal

Macfan01
1 year 7 months ago

Because they don’t think he is good enough. Remember the Indians released Reynolds, he was that poor. He is what he is and teams aren’t exactly knocking down his door.

Collateral96
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah that’s very possible that Ichiro is moved. This guy isn’t worth anything that great. He’s whale or flail im just not in the mood for another Granderson at least strikeout wise and was rather bad defensively .I can withstand Michael Young or whoever else they find some interest in. Whoever has the ability of helping the time I’m all for.Agree on Brian Roberts also he’s been hurt for 4 years and it’s just incredibly laughable how he’s been signed by anyone at all.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

I can see Ichiro just being a bench player and coming in for defense/pinch running. Maybe a start here and there against a LHP should he hit them like he did last year (yes a LHP). Last year he actually had a .321 BA and .753 OPS vs LHP

Collateral96
1 year 7 months ago

Him being a bench player is more plausible now considering that Vernon Wells was released from the team only a couple days ago.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah that’s why I see them likely keeping him as well.

Frittoman626
1 year 7 months ago

Why don’t they just offer him the major league contract? Of all the other options available he’s the best and guys like Baker and Young won’t want to take minor league contracts anyways. So please either sign Baker or Reynolds and please don’t even consider Young or Nunez *puke*

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

They should try signing Jeff Baker who does very well against LHP.

A Kelly Johnson/Jeff Baker platoon at 3B would be very good (offensively that is)

Collateral96
1 year 7 months ago

Anything is worth it if they’re both good platoon wise im okay with it theyve got enough in their lineup to where this could work out.

johnsilver
1 year 7 months ago

Reynolds isn’t exactly in the top 95% defensively of 3b either and that is why NY would want him, not at 1b as a backup where he isn’t bad with the glove.

Some of the other NY fans (not yourself) may not realize that.

Later on in the off season, maybe even during ST a better option could present itself as cuts are made.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 7 months ago

Twins need pitching help, Yankees need a young and affordable Third Baseman.
One suggestion I’ll throw out there is Trevor Plouffe. Shouldn’t be hard to acquire.

Frittoman626
1 year 7 months ago

Twins have no reason to trade Plouffe and guys like Phelps and Warren aren’t enough since the Twins already have guys like that.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 7 months ago

Another name to consider would be Gordon Beckham of the Chicago White Sox. I’m simply putting forth suggestions that are outside the box (Baker, Young, Reynolds, etc) to get more creative ideas flowing about how to address the situation. A lot of the Free Agent names are older and wouldn’t address the situation best in my opinion. The Yankees are in good position to make a trade and should do so.

Unassisted Triple Play
1 year 7 months ago

I would respectfully disagree. Plouffe would be expendable should Sano be ready to rock from day 1 in 2014 and it is possible.

Matt Galvin
1 year 7 months ago

But only way Plouffe gets Traded is if Sano wins 3B jobs and the Yankees also need Pitching,

Danny V. Because White Sox have a crowed DH/LF but hasen’t played 3B in years so hasn’t Paul Konerko but that”s another story for one Yankees Catchers.

Unassisted Triple Play
1 year 7 months ago

Viciedo is not a third baseman. Putting him there would be a disaster.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

As much as people would laugh at Young to the Yankees, he had a 102 wRC+ last year. The Yankees 3B last year had a 69 wRC+, the worst in baseball.

Collateral96
1 year 7 months ago

Especially considering they had Nunez and Youkilis who couldn’t stay healthy for more than a month the 3rd base situation was a complete and total train wreck

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

I completely understand why people say all teams have injuries and that shouldn’t be an excuse, I’ve said the same myself. However, when you see the rankings from 1 year to the next, you will see why this team missed the playoffs and was very poor offensively

2012 MLB overall WAR rankings for the Yankees by position
C- 14th
1B – 2nd
2B – 1st
SS- 7th
3B- 10th
Overall OF – 11th
DH – 6th out of 14

2013 rankings
C- 23rd
1B- 23rd
2B- 2nd
SS- 28th
3B – 21st
Overall OF – 23rd
DH – 14th out of 15

The reason the WAR is not as low as it is ranked is because they were actually much better defensively in 2013 than in 2012. Thanks in large part to Gardner being out there most of the year as well as, believe or not, Jeter missing a lot of time.

If we take Defense out of the equation and use wRC+ instead of WAR (instead of position by position, I’ll do overall team ranking).

2012 Yankees – Tied for 1st
2013 Yankees – 28th

Can anyone name a bigger dropoff then that?

JordanMantor
1 year 7 months ago

But what about the fantastic contribution you got out of Luis Cruz?! D:

Unassisted Triple Play
1 year 7 months ago

Eric Jagielo is the future at 3rd base for the Yankees. He’s an absolute stud! I watched this kid play ball in my home town of downers grove Illinois and I’m telling you, the sky is the limit.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 7 months ago

Have watched him crack out Homeruns while he played for the Staten Island Yankees, I really liked him a lot he looked so solid in all facets.

Macfan01
1 year 7 months ago

Good, can’t stand guys that strikeout at such ludicrous rates and don’t put the ball in play. After getting rid of Granderson didn’t need a replacement for his K’s.

Michael
1 year 7 months ago

I look at the glass as half full on this one. True, Reynolds strikes out an absurd number of times and his fielding…..well. But, better than grounding into 25 DPs a year and he IS a threat to hit 30-35 HR given the chance.

ChrisCa$h
1 year 7 months ago

I personally want Young.

EndlessMikeJr
1 year 7 months ago

How is Reynolds less effective than Roberts.Roberts hasn’t been in 40 games each the past two seasons.Reynolds can at least hit 20 homeruns and good 3rd base.Just like Russell Martin the Yankees are gonna let go a good player over money.

not_brooks
1 year 7 months ago

Reynolds has accumulated a whopping 0.2 fWAR over the past three seasons, mostly due to his modest offensive contributions being erased by his horrible attempts at using a glove and throwing a baseball.

hediouspb
1 year 7 months ago

Reynolds does not play a good third base. he doesn’t even play a decent third base. he’s bad. if the yanks were looking for a first base/dh he’d be a decent low cost guy to bring in. you can’t afford his d at 3rd and the strikeouts. too much negative.

KnowledgeDivine
1 year 7 months ago

we may have a issue at first as of now the only solid Infield position may be Catcher

Runtime
1 year 7 months ago

He might even be worse than Edwin Encarnacion at 3B.

And that’s saying A LOT.

Gambo88
1 year 7 months ago

what about Yuniesky Betancourt?

Jake13
1 year 7 months ago

Reynolds should be nothing more than a pinch hitter, his 200+ strikeouts are too costly to play him consistently

RudyMay45
1 year 7 months ago

Everyone rages about Reynold’s strike-outs, but I don’t know that a team as offensively challenged as the Yanks were last year should be walking away from 20 HRs. And I saw no signs of the below-average defense all the pundits talk about. Girardi was so comfortable with Mark in the field he even put Reynolds a 2B for a few innings and he didn’t embarrass anyone. Don’t know that they can even afford to ignore Young, who was a solid .280 hitter last year. Bottom line is in the AL East you can get away with average pitching, but not average to sub-par offense.

MB923
1 year 7 months ago

Well they did lose their 1B, SS, 3B and their best power hitting OFer last year

Pythagorean record listed them at 79 wins because they were outscored last year. So they overachieved.

Matt Galvin
1 year 7 months ago

I said he was different story and if he were to be Trade it would be closer to deadline and he would prefer to go to the West Coast.
Papelbon and Franco for Pelps and Warren?