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Heyman: The Yankees have signed Mark Reynolds

Aug 15, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that former Indians corner infielder Mark Reynolds has signed a deal with the Yankees. The Indians released Reynolds on Monday as he had been slumping badly, posting a .484 OPS since the start of June. Overall, Reynolds has a .680 OPS on the season with 15 home runs.

The Yankees have had a right-handed power deficit this season, however, so Reynolds could be useful. Right-handed hitters have hit just 36 of the team’s 106 home runs and have posted an aggregate .326 slugging percentage. Comparatively, Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has a .326 SLG on the season.

  1. elwaysagenius - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    “Hey, he used to be good, lets sign him.”

    • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      I’ve seen lefties get suddenly good at Yankee Stadium when right field in now 280 feet away and 4 feet high.

      Righties? Not so much. Unless Reynolds has a hell of a glove at short he won’t last long with that OPS.

      • gbrim - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Since he plays 3rd and 1st, perhaps his SS skills won’t be an issue???

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      I remember hearing that same comment about a month ago regarding a Yankees signing…

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I guess they are “trying” to make a run for the playoffs. or maybe just preparing when a rod goes down. Either way its jot huge but its mediocre to ok. oh well they took 3-4 from the Angels so deff. goog in the right direction

    • einjzmolf - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      You say taking 3-4 from the angels like that’s some kind of accomplishment. The astros have swept the angels this year.

    • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      They also recently got swept by the lowly White Sox.

  3. sandpiperair - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Yankees youth movement?

  4. twenty1miles - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I like the move. Despite some clutch hits earlier in the season from Overbay, he’s been absolutely horrible against left-handed pitching. Reynolds’ overall stat line is ugly but he does give above average production against LHP.

  5. m3dman3 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    @dondada10 apparently you have never seen a Yankees home game. It’s like 360 in right field and those walls are about ten feet high. Nice try though bud.

    • jorstap - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      @m3dman3 – actually, up the line it’s 314. I think the walls are about 8 feet in the new stadium. They were 10 in the old stadium.

    • dondada10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      So you get jokes well.

  6. ctony1216 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Reynolds has a .745 OPS vs. lefties; Overbay has a .550 OPS vs. lefties. That’s why the Yanks made the move, most likely, so Reynolds can platoon at first with Overbay. But who gets cut when Jeter comes back from the DL next week?

    • jorstap - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Nix, no?

  7. hbk72777 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I heard no one thought getting a “washed up” Soriano back was a good idea.

    How’d that work out?

    • dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Too soon to tell.

    • nbjays - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      SSS says wait and see…

  8. mnwildfan15 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Looks like the Twins are asking too much for Morneau

  9. edelmanfanclub - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    He’s having a down year, but it’s not drastically worse than what you expect. His SLG this year is down because he hasn’t been hitting as many doubles. He’s still good for a ton of strikeouts and good power.

    2013: .215/.307/.373, 32.03 K%, 1 HR/8.2 PA
    Career: .233/.329/.465, 32.53 K%, 1 HR/. 6.3 PA

    He’ll be serviceable in a platoon for sure.

  10. m3dman3 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    353 ft to the right field line.

  11. pisano - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    You had to know this was coming, with their lack of right handed power, but the shocker is he’s not between 35 & 40 years old.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      Once you’ve been released you are washed up enough for pinstripes no matter how ‘young.’

  12. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    At the risk of stating the obvious, I’ll go out on a limb and say that in a 10 month span, signing not one, but two DH types THAT WERE RELEASED BY THE INDIANS, is probably not a recipe for success.

    That is all.

  13. rippinrazors - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    rippinrazors – Aug 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM
    This is the Yankees Perfect Right Handed Platoon bat for 1B/3B!!! Especially since he is a has been, fits right into the lineup full of has beens and never was. Welcome aboard Marky!!

    just saying.. haha

    • 65panhed - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      The departure of Nick Swisher sure looks good about now.

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