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.