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Indians, Yankees both in on Mark Reynolds, Kevin Youkilis

Dec 5, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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Both the Indians and Yankees have met with the agent for non-tendered infielder Mark Reynolds in Nashville.

Those two teams are also known to be interested in Kevin Youkilis, who lost one lessor suitor when his old team, the White Sox, signed Jeff Keppinger today. Youkilis has also been mentioned in connection with the Dodgers and Philies, but the Indians and Yankees seem like his best bets for now.

The Indians would likely use Youkilis at first base, though they’d have the option of putting him at third if Lonnie Chisenhall struggles. The Yankees want Youkilis as a stopgap third baseman with Alex Rodriguez out for two or three months.

Youkilis’ close relationship with Terry Francona from their days in Boston could come into play with the Indians. Also, Youkilis is from Cincinnati.

As for Reynolds, he offers 30-homer power, but he’s a poor defender at third base, and he’d likely be more valuable playing first, as he did for the Orioles last season. He’d probably come cheaper than Youkilis, and unlike Youkilis, he doesn’t look like a candidate for a multiyear deal.


  1. pisano - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    That’s all the Yankees need is more strike outs, Reynolds is a K machine, last year was one of his better years as he didn’t K over 200 times.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      How are you doing my friend? I agree with you, all those K’s are scary.

    • tashkalucy - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Not playing defense and striking out a lot are a prerequisite to play for the Shapiro-Antonetti Indians.

      If Reynolds has a low BA with RISP, his agent can probably get whatever they want from Shaponetti. Poor base running would pay a premium.

      • dnc6 - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Do you think Shapiro and Antonetti are irreplaceable? Do you have a low opinion of them? I can’t tell.

      • tashkalucy - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Have you seen the baseball IQ most of their players have displayed over the past 12 years?

        Does the word “unwatchable” mean anything to you?

    • genericcommenter - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      He got on base more than Ichiro the last 2 years. Ichiro, often described in the comments here as “a guy who gets on base.”

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Well Reynolds would provide the power right hand bat the Yankees are looking for and need. But boy oh boy those K’s they are even uglier then Granderson’s and that’s saying something. We’ll you know what they say “any port in a storm”.

  3. pisano - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    uyf1950…. I’m getting a little concerned with the non signings of the Yankees. Chavez is gone, rumor is Ibanez may be signing somewhere else, I’m hoping Cashman is working on something to fill these needs, as some of the players they had their eyes on are signing elsewhere.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      My friend there is a saying and a popular belief when it comes to role players. It’s basically goes “better to let them go one year too soon then keep them one year too long”. Keep the faith my friend.

    • genericcommenter - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      They aren’t going to overpay for old broken down guys they already got more out of than expected. Probably won’t get so lucky the next time. The value comes from getting them on the cheap for the bounce back year. Like when the Nationals got Da Meathook for $500,000 in 2007, not when they paid him $10 million to play 50 games over the next 2 years.

  4. slartibartfast4242 - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    The Yankees want to have all the records for themselves. So, they’re gunning for the K’s per season record with Reynolds and most errors by an infielder with Eduardo Scissorhands.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Yanks say no to all of them!!

  6. cocheese000 - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Would like to see Reynolds stay with the os. Good defender at first. People talk about how bad his average is but his obp is usually sufficient.

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