Jul 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Mark Reynolds (12) singles during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Detroit won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Should The New York Yankees Try To Acquire Mark Reynolds?


Today, the Cleveland Indians needed to get an extra pitcher on the roster after playing a long game with the Tigers last night. So they needed to make a move. They called up Preston Guilmet from AAA and designated for assignment Mark Reynolds. The Mark Reynolds who the Yankees had a hard time getting out last season as they fought with the Orioles for first place.

Reynolds was non-tendered by the O’s in a move that surprised many, and signed a one year deal worth $6 million. Reynolds started off like gangbusters for the Tribe, hitting .301 with eight homers. Since then he’s hit just .187 with seven homers. Not exactly robust numbers. With all that being said, should the Yankees make a play for him?

The Yankees were interested in Reynolds in the off-season, but turned their sights towards Kevin Youkilis with a one year deal. Reynolds is someone who can play first and third and has pop in his bat, though he does strike out a ton.

This could be a chance for the Yankees to get a six or seven week look at Reynolds before deciding to bring him back. They are going to need someone who can backup the corners on the infield, especially with the fact that there are some questions about whether or not a certain former MVP third baseman is playing next season. Even if he does, he couldn’t play the field as much as he did in the past.

With so many questions for next year, the Yankees could get a head start on it by getting a look at someone who could help them both in the present and in the future.

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  • Thomas Katona

    I would really like to see the Yankees get
    Alexi Ramirez. Jetter was great but sadly I think his better days are behind him. Reynolds is a decent player but strikes out way too much.

    • Jimmy Kraft

      If you look at the numbers, Alexi isn’t exactly the same guy he was when he broke into the league. Plus, at (almost) 32 years old, he’s not going to get any better. Nunez would likely provide similar production.

      • Thomas Katona

        Nunez isn’t a solid player, the only thing u can count on is his speed. Yankees have to do a better job at short & first. Now is the time to grab morneau. Just can’t trust Nunez.

        • Jimmy Kraft

          Please don’t confuse me mentioning Nunez as a endorsement. He isn’t the future SS for the Yankees, in my opinion.

  • Thomas Katona

    Justin morneau is who the Yankees should have had already! Great power for Yankees stadium & better than average defensive player at first.

  • ikkf

    Instead of bringing in more aging veterans in a lost season, how about giving some of their young players a chance? How’s that for a revolutionary concept?? Every single other team would be doing that but it seems to be against the Yankees’ religion.

    • Jimmy Kraft

      We’ll see some youngster come September, don’t you worry. I’m actually looking forward to it.

      • ikkf

        Yo Jimmy! Where’ve you been? I miss your columns.

        • Jimmy Kraft

          It’s been quite a journey my friend, but I’m back. Glad you enjoy my articles, and I’m even happier you read an comment on all YGY articles. Keep it up!

  • Thomas Katona

    Ok jimmy whose the future shortsop 4 the yanks? Jetter won’t have the range anymore, & whose to say he can even come back 4 the rest of the season with out gettin hurt again. Yankees need Morneau. If by chance they get him than just maybe jetter sticks it out! Problem is yanks don’t want to spend money. Let me know what u think.

    • Jimmy Kraft

      I don’t think you replace a 39-year-old shortstop with a 32-year-old SS, it doesn’t make much sense. I would rather throw Nunez out there and pay him less money than pay what Ramirez wants in the FA market (80 wRC+ for Ramirez compared to 65 wRC for Nunez this season). Is it ideal? Absolutely not, but it’s something the Yanks will need to deal with it. The Yankees brass has shown little in the way of paying smartly for production and are hell bent on staying below that $189M threshold. Quality will suffer next year, just like it has this season.

      Also, I don’t know what your fixation is on Morneau. He’s a marginal upgrade over Overbay this year (106 wRC+ vs. 97 wRC+) and on par with Teixeira, who will be back next year. Now, if you think the Yanks are going to sign a DH-type with Jeter and ARod (unlikely) playing next year, you have another thing coming. The DH has been a source of rest for older veterans for the better part of a decade now. I’m also not sold on Morneau staying healthy and this type of signing reminds me of Kevin Youkilis. Wrong corner, my friend, the Yankees need to invest in a third baseman, not another first baseman.

      • Thomas Katona

        Jim what’s the deal on mark Cuban buying the Yankees? Rumor has it he will spend like George did. Would like to see tanks get some real good young players, there’s not much in minors 4 Yankees.

        • Jimmy Kraft

          If Cuban is going to buy the Yankees, I wouldn’t expect that to happen within the next few years. Many people have suggested, even some of our commenters here, that the main reason the Yanks want to get below the $189M threshold isn’t just for luxury tax reasons, but to make the team more viable on the open market for potential investment groups to make offers on. It’s much easier to sell a business without baggage, and getting dinged with a luxury tax penalty would hurt their chances of selling the team at the price they want.

          I, too, would like the Yankees to look at some younger talent and see what they have. The problem with free agency now, however, is those younger guys are no longer on the market. They are signing deals earlier in their careers and hitting the FA market much later on (age 32-33) and past their prime. The Yanks have made it a (bad) habit in going after these types, but they (smartly) let Swisher walk after he wanted his pay day. So there’s that.

          The Yankees do have some young outfield help on the way in Austin, Heathcott, and Williams, but the law of averages says that one will be injury-proned, one will dazzle, and the other will crash and burn. (Think of another big three: Hughes, Joba, and Kennedy).

          • Thomas Katona

            Jim any word on Murphy?

          • Jimmy Kraft

            He might make an appearance when the rosters expand in a few weeks, but I wouldn’t expect him in the Majors full-time until the middle of next year at the very earliest. The Yankees have had the propensity to hurry some of their prospects and not let them fully develop (Montero and his receiving skills).

            Murphy is further along defensively than Montero was at this point in their respective careers, while Montero was a more polished hitter. The Yanks are definitely looking for a defensive-minded catcher and both Romine and Murphy fit the bill. However, I wouldn’t get TOO excited about Murphy’s arrival just yet. He’s still in need of some polishing and development, which he still has plenty of time for.

            If you want a timeline of events, I think Murphy will be pushing the team to call him up in 2014 midseason, and will hold down the fort until Gary Sanchez makes an appearance in late 2015, or the start of 2016.

            The Yankees will “welcome” back Cervelli next season, while they will need to make a decision on Stewart this offseason. If the Yankees don’t re-sign Stewart, take that as a sign that Murphy might get his chance in 2014.

  • Thomas Katona

    Plus jim I still think they need another good starter & now they want Navarro ?

    • Jimmy Kraft

      Navarro? I’m confused by this. What are you asking?

      Phil Hughes will be gone, Pettitte will be gone, and Kuroda will likely be gone after this season. So, I definitely agree that they need another starter. Nova and CC will be back, Phelps will likely get a spot, Pineda will fight for a spot…

      Saying that, the Yanks will probably sign a back-of-the-rotation type and let the young guys (Marshall, Nuno, Turley, et al.) fight it out in Spring Training. If you’re into prospects, this next year and a half will be fun to watch as a Yanks fan…something we’re aren’t all that accustomed to.

      • Thomas Katona

        Navarro was a catcher Yankees were thinking of getting. Believe the Yankees had him as a good prospect & traded him a couple years back.