Dec
19

Yankees still seeking righty infield bat; not close to deal with Reynolds

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Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees continue to seek a right-handed hitting infielder even after agreeing to sign Brian Roberts. The team may wait until the Alex Rodriguez ruling is announced (likely next month) before adding that player, however.

Meanwhile, the team remain in touch with Mark Reynolds, but Dan Barbarisi hears “as far as a deal there is nothing even remotely close.” The Angels and Twins are among the other clubs with interest in the slugger, according to Jon Heyman. Reynolds would fit nicely since the Bombers only have one righty hitter capable of hitting the ball out of the park at the moment.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

46 Comments»

  1. Grit for Brains says:

    Agreed on Reynolds. Just get it done already before he’s off the market too and were sending Miguel Tejada out there.

  2. CashmanNinja says:

    Tejada wouldn’t even be an option since he’s suspended 100+ games. But I do agree on singing Reynolds. Just do it. He can fake playing 3rd base better than most other options available. He won’t hit for average and will strike out a ton, but there’s no denying his power. We need power from the right side. Go 1 year/$4-5 mil and be done with it.

    • Chris H says:

      He slugged .406 vs LHP and .386 vs RHP in 2013, he didn’t produce power numbers last year and he didn’t have any power production vs LHP in 2012 (slugged .370). He’s not the .460+ SLG guy he once was, all his power vs LHP is gone, he does nothing for us in a platoon, especially not for 5M.

  3. forensic says:

    Glad they’re not close with Reynolds, not that it’s a surprising development at this point. It’s pretty tough to sign another IF to a guarantee when they don’t have a resolution to the A-Rod issue.

  4. Tom says:

    2011, 2012, 2013

    fWAR -0.1, -0.1, 0.4
    wRC+ 116, 108, 96
    wRC_ vs lefties 113, 101, 103 (so it’s not like he’s a lefty masher)

    Yes Mark Reynolds would fit in nicely with the rest of the scrap heap infielders on the roster. And for that reason the Yankees should just say no.

    I don’t understand how anyone watching him play 3rd base can call him an infielder. It’s almost like hitting HR’s is all that matters. The guy K’s >30% time and despite an above average walk rate, he still was barely above a .300 OBP last year.

    On the plus side his baserunning value wasn’t as bad as in past years… of course that’s because he was getting on base much less and has less opportunity to post negative value there! (sadly this is not a joke)

    At what point do folks start realizing that adding ~0 WAR players to the roster is a bad thing and you can’t just look at one particular skill (righty power) and say “we need that”.

    • forensic says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • dkidd says:

      adding 0 war players to the roster is a good thing when the alternatives are negative war players

      welcome to the yankee infield!

      • Chris H says:

        Actually one of the alternatives hit .314/.407/.667 with 10 HRs vs LHP last year. Jeff Baker is a career .298/.353/.522 hitter against RHP, you want a right handed infield player to come off the bench he’s the better option. He’s not a great defender anywhere but neither is Reynolds and he plays everywhere, at least he can actually do the job of a RH bench bat/platoon player.

    • You a hater says:

      Hey guess what you stupid hater he plays Major League Baseball and you don’t

    • Chris H says:

      Thank you! Couldn’t agree more. His bWAR totals are actually even worse -0.2 over the last three seasons.

  5. Bobby d says:

    We need Reynolds not only for third base but to back up Texiera at first base. Who knows how he comes back from the wrist surgery. I like his power and versatility even though he strikes out a ton. Imagine a number eight hitter who could hit twenty homers a year!!

    • BFDeal says:

      Imagine a number eight hitter who put up more than 0 WAR.

    • Chris H says:

      Imagine .220/.306/.393 hitting 8th in your lineup, because that’s what Reynolds brought to the table. He was cut by the team who led league in platoons last year, that should tell you something about his value as a right handed platoon player.

      • forensic says:

        Imagine .220/.306/.393 hitting 8th in your lineup

        As a comparison, that .699 OPS is a touch higher than what Nunez did in 2013, a touch lower than what he did in 2012, and nearly the same as what he did in 2011. They both suck defensively, though at least Nunez could take more positions in an emergency if needed. He also has far more speed, of course, and will hit for a better BA (while also being cheaper).

        Just a little food for thought for people who really like Reynolds, while Nunez is basically persona-non-grata around here.

  6. hogsmog says:

    “…the Bombers only have one righty hitter capable of hitting the ball out of the park at the moment.”

    Sort of misleading- Beltran and (hopefully) Tex have to count for something. Though I agree, I’d really like to see them pick up Reynolds. He’s as close to a perfect fit as you can get.

    • hogsmog says:

      Even in the outside chance Arod plays, they’re going to need a guy who can fill in at the corners. They can’t expect two guys who played 60 games total last year are going to do 320 this time around.

    • forensic says:

      Sort of misleading- Beltran and (hopefully) Tex have to count for something.

      I agree with this part of your comment. And it’s not much different when you’re looking at the left side. McCann replaces Soriano at that point, with just the two switch-hitters with him.

      So, Mike could’ve just as easily said “the Bombers only have one lefty hitter capable of hitting the ball out of the park at the moment.”

      Really, any potential A-Rod appearance gives them more righty power than lefty power already on the roster.

      As for Reynolds real overall ‘value’, Tom pretty well nailed it above (IMO).

    • tom 23 says:

      Why does everyone forget about Soriano ?

      • forensic says:

        No one is forgetting about Soriano. He’s the one righty batter that Mike is talking about who can hit the ball out of the park.

  7. Schoolboy Q says:

    They don’t have one righty they have soriano, wells(kind of), then switch righties in Beltran, ALMONTE, Roberts, AROD, Pirela in the minors

  8. Ron Blomberg says:

    Until recently, I was hoping the Yanks would re-sign Reynolds. However, Jeff Baker seems to bring all that Reynolds does, but more. He also hits for power, has a higher BA, and can play 1B, 2B, 3B, LF, and RF and made only $1.75 million last year. He mashed lefties last year and did particularly well at Fenway. I’m hoping that the Yankees move on from Reynolds and sign Baker ASAP.

    • forensic says:

      last year and did particularly well at Fenway

      He had a grand total of 9 PA at Fenway last year. If someone even brought something like that up during the Yankees talk about him, he’d probably get laughed out of the room.

    • Tom says:

      Putting aside the Fenway part, if the Yankees are really looking for a righty platoon bat, I think at this point Baker is the better option as his splits are much more pronounced. And while he’s not going to be confused with a gold glover, he is not completely useless in the field (and as you mention can play a ton of positions)

      I still think the Yankees need to put an end to the specific skillset targeting and look for best overall value – I’d give Dean Anna a shot long before Reynolds.

  9. BGG says:

    You know what? I’m sure I’ll get killed for this, but if A-Rod is suspended, I hope they just give Ronnier Mustelier the job and don’t sign another re-tread. It wasn’t that long ago when he impressed in spring but got hurt…

    Not saying he is the next Puig, or even the solution for their lineup, or their season, but even if it fails, it would be a small step in the right direction of a bigger commitment to the farm, and seeing what these kids can do, and NOT relying 100% on free agents to fill every god damn hole on this roster.

    Vidal Nuno is another kid, that while I’m not ready to say is THE ANSWER, I’d rather see them give him a shot and fail, over some risky/old/has been to appease a “big-name” needy fanbase/media, who will also likely fail… They can’t all be Bartolo Colon (who was juicing).

    • jim p says:

      Not such much a fanbase needing a big-name appeal, as it is Joe G seems to always want to go with the known, even if it’s known to suck and will never get better. There’s no ‘give this kid 30-40 games straight, see what he has.’

      Seems to me successful teams manage to blend in a kid, or try too, every year. Except for the Yankees.

    • Jonathan says:

      The kids were pretty awful last year…and it’s not one or the other. You get the old players and try and catch Bartolo lightning in a bottle. If the old player sucks then you still have the option of letting the kids play.

      • Wolfgang's Fault says:

        Mustelier isn’t a “kid” in the traditional sense of the word. The only “kids” really brought up last year that I remember were Almonte & Brett Marshall had a cup of coffee.

        Ok, the infield guy I’d sign is — drum roll please — Justin Turner. Righthand hitting utility player can play every infield position including shortstop in a pinch, & has the potential to be a pretty decent hitter. He’s about to get married, settling down, is going to need to make a move if he wants some of the serious dough. Yup, Justin Turner could be a very affordable backup infielder for anybody looking for inexpensive & capable of putting up some #’s if some things break his way.

  10. Speculum says:

    “Reynolds would fit nicely since the Bombers only have one righty hitter capable of hitting the ball out of the park at the moment.”

    True, if you exclude switch hitters from this sort of analysis. By that logic a line-up filled with powerful and muscle-bound switch hitters would have no lefties or righties capable of hitting for power.

  11. Joe says:

    Mark Reynolds is waiting to see if Arod is suspended he wi recover a pay raise if he is not many options

  12. FLYER7 says:

    Please no Noonie, no Cervy, no Musty

  13. Uh Dinnings says:

    The Yankees should’ve re-signed Casey McGehee.

    ‘Say he posted the 9 HR 41 RBI he posted in his last year in MLB (2012.)

    Add 7 HR 31 RBI from Johnson when he’s playing third and that’s 16 HR 72 RBI from the 2014 Yankees 3B for $4.1M ($3M Johnson + $1.1M McGehee took from Miami) vs. 12 HR 52 RBI from the Yankees 3B for $40.9M + ($28M Rodriguez + $12M Youkilis + $900K Nix + cost of Reynolds, Nunez, Adams, Lillibridge, Nelson, Cruz, and Gonzalez), a 4 HR 20 RBI improvement which isn’t great but it’s better than nothing and pretty good considering the 2013 Yankees 3B cost over ten times the cost of Johnson-McGehee.

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