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Yankees looking at Mark Reynolds, Michael Young

Dec 16, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Yankees are contemplating Mark Reynolds, Michael Young and Brian Roberts as they seek to add to their infield

Reynolds would be a re-signing after finishing last season with the Bombers. He hit .236/.300/.455 with six homers in 36 games with the Yankees and .220/.306/.393 with 21 homers in 445 at-bats overall. Young came in at .279/.335/.395 in 519 at-bats with the Phillies and Dodgers, while Roberts hit .249/.312/.392 in 265 at-bats for the Orioles.

As things stand now, the Yankees are looking at Kelly Johnson at second base, Eduardo Nunez at third base and Derek Jeter at shortstop, with Brendan Ryan in a reserve role, assuming that Alex Rodriguez‘s suspension is upheld. Ideally, they could find someone capable of challenging both Johnson and Nunez for at-bats, but there really isn’t anyone like that left in free agency, unless they want to go the Yuniesky Betancourt route. Of what’s left, Eric Chavez would probably be their best option. However, he’s a big injury risk. Reynolds and Young would both be more attractive if they weren’t such poor defenders. As is, the return of Reynolds seems the most likely scenario.

  1. f.verd - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    My memories of Brian Roberts are positive. He was always a hard nosed player who seemed to annoy the Yanks with his bat, his glove, and his baserunning. He was a pesky annoyance that made me cringe when he came up in a “situation”. After injuries… has he regressed so much that he’s not worth a shot?

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      He was always a hard nosed player who seemed to annoy the Yanks with his bat, his glove, and his baserunning

      And with this signing he will still annoy them in all those categories.

  2. thebadguyswon - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    They could use a veteran.

  3. cackalackyank - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Well these options are interesting. Reynolds doesn’t seem that much of an upgrade with the bat over the options on board already. Young doesn’t field real well. Lets just work on the rotation for now.

  4. johnnysoda - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Not bad options; not bad at all. Roberts or Young would be preferable.

  5. drewzducks - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Wow, looks like it’s the cream of the crap.

  6. uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I’ve been a proponent of the Yankees re-sing Reynolds since the end of last season. As insurance against an A-Rod suspension and it’s length Reynolds is a good option and he won’t be very expensive at all.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      edit button: “re-signing” Reynolds

  7. realitycheck75 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Nunez time is done here. Johnson and Anna are going to get the shot for the 2B spot. Hearing these names like bringing in Roberts or trading for barney is ridiculous. As for third base, I understand wanting Reynolds back for security reasons with the Arod situation up in the air and the Young move, I’m not down for that. Just let Mustelier get his at bats in spring training and see what he can do. The Yankees issues with their pitching is much more pressing then 2B & 3B.
    And now with the reports that the Yankees won’t be trading Gardner, the Yankees are banking on Tanaka. And if that doesn’t happen, they’ll have to go out and spend money on either Garza or Jimenez, that’s just a fact. Becauserthe Yankees will not give 2 spots in the rotation to one of their own. One spot, and it’s between Pineda, nuno, Phelps or Warren. After the Tanaka situation is figured out, we should get a better picture of the direction they’re going in.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      I can understand fans desire to see someone like Mustelier get a shot. But if anyone think Nunez as bad defensively take a look at Mustelier’s defensive stats in Triple A at 3rd base. They make Nunez look like a Gold Glove candidate.

  8. hojo20 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    What a disaster. An old Jeter + Nunez who is good for an error per game. They need to fix that side of the infield.

  9. raysfan1 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Please, oh please, sign Young and play him at third! It would be glorious for all of us fans of other AL East teams.

  10. kingkershaw - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Wow, It sounds like the bombers go to nursing homes to find players to negotiate contracts with.

  11. genericcommenter - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    As a Yankees fan who is not invested in sharing the windfall of their potential tax savings, the most attractive option from a baseball-product standpoint is to hope for an overturned or very short A-Rod suspension. It sucks, but even in his decline, it might be more attractive to pay him $27 million or whatever it is. I don’t want to see Nunez start a single game anywhere, and all of these options are pretty sad.

  12. tuberippin - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Amazing. The Yankees went from having one of the best left side of the infield in baseball to one of the worst. I don’t even think platooning all of the available options would make anything better.

  13. markofapro - Dec 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    That’s what you get, Yankees, for not building a farm system.

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