Third base option off the board: Brewers sign Mark Reynolds

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Rosenthal: Yankees request Ervin Santana's medical records

The Brewers have signed Mark Reynolds to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, the team announced. He’ll compete for their wide-open first base job. The Yankees had interest in bringing Reynolds back and reportedly offered him a minor league deal as well, but he obviously went for the better opportunity. Can’t blame him. I would have liked to have seen Reynolds brought back to fill that last open bench spot, but what can you do.

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  • dkidd

    who is our back-up first baseman? do we even have one?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      My hope is that Sizemore looks like what he did before the two injuries and wins 3B, leaving Johnson to backup at the three non-SS infield positions.

      • dkidd

        key to everything is tex staying healthy (and productive)

        once that first domino falls, things could get ugly (like, 2013 ugly) in a hurry

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          85 wins ugly? :)

          The question becomes will the team have better depth options this year, if it comes to that.

          • vicki

            *2013 pythag ugly

    • Get Phelps Up (looking for a new name)

      McCann?

    • forensic

      Johnson can play there and I’d bet Soriano, McCann, and even Beltran could get a few games there too.

      Back-up 1B is far from the top of my list of concerns.

    • trr

      McCaan backs up at 1B

  • dc1874

    Ron Bloomberg

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Really hopin’ CashNinja is lurking in the shadows.

    Waiting to strike.

    • CashmanNinja

      I’m always lurking

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Strike for who, though?

      • Chris H

        Tanaka, Jimenez, Balfour, Baker, and call it an offseason.

  • I’m One

    Not a major loss. Scott Sizemore has 3B covered!

  • Bobby D

    This is as dumb as it gets! You had a guy who was versatile with power. In a year where you basically have no back up for Texiera at first base, the Yankees are continuing their reluctance to spend as they did last offseason and this will come back to surely haunt them. What happens when inevitably Roberts is hurt? oh you put Johnson at second?? then your third baseman is Nunez?? What happens when Texiera needs a rest or his wrist is not 100 percent?? the yankees are not being smart!! You could have had Reynolds who would have been a valuable piece for a minimal major league contract and you struck out looking!!!

    • I’m One

      Bobby D for GM! He sees all the Yankees problems. Obviously he’d be better than Cashman.

    • forensic

      By “versatile”, I assume you mean he can stand at two different positions equally terribly?

      What happens when inevitably Roberts is hurt? oh you put Johnson at second?? then your third baseman is Nunez?? What happens when Texiera needs a rest or his wrist is not 100 percent?? the yankees are not being smart!!

      So, to be smart, they need to carry 8-9 infielders on the roster, just in case?

      and you struck out

      So, at least they have something in common with Reynolds.

      • lou

        What happens when inevitably Roberts is hurt? oh you put Johnson at second?? then your third baseman is Nunez?? What happens when Texiera needs a rest or his wrist is not 100 percent?? the yankees are not being smart!!

        So, to be smart, they need to carry 8-9 infielders on the roster, just in case?

        How about an every day player / Full time player @ 3b and 2b?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          You do realize there are players actually on the roster and on MiLB deals right now other than those you mentioned that can play those positions, right?

          They could do better. We’re complaining about Mark Fucking Reynolds, though, who may not even hit his weight.

        • Chris H

          Eduardo Nunez career against LHP .272/.313/.414 Mark Reynolds against LHP in 2013 .225/.319/.406… Why is Reynolds better again? Oh yeah because he was a 3 win player in 2009.

    • qwerty

      Mark Reynolds would have put them over the payroll threshold.

      • qwerty

        Scratch that. I didn’t read the part where he was actually signed to a minor league contract. LOL.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Is there another Mark Reynolds playing professional baseball?

    • OldYanksFan

      Yup… big demand for a guy that had a 1.2 bWAR over the last 4 years COMBINED.

    • Chris H

      What power are you speaking of? His .406 SLG% against LHP in 2013 or his .386 SLG% against RHP in 2013? He’s a right handed platoon player who can’t hit left handed pitching and can’t field any position. There is no reason on earth for him to be on the Yankees roster, at this point in his career he’s a name only. Now if they don’t sign Jeff Baker there’s some room to complain, but he’s a strict platoon bat so I can see not committing a MLB deal to him for the team as currently constructed.

  • Jeff Baker

    I can back up first base for ya. I can also play some third base and help out a little in the outfield. Just give my agent a call.

    • Chris H

      Take a minor league deal and I can’t imagine they wouldn’t sign you, .314/.407/.667 with 10 HRs against LHP is phenomenal but .204/.250/.286 against RHP severely limits your value against 3/4th of the league.

  • Mike

    I like our options at 3rd base. Our IF is underrated.

  • scooter10

    Jeff Baker seems like a great fit. Has experience at 1B, 2B, 3B and the OF. Mashes LHP. He made $1.75m last year with Texas. Can’t we just double that? $3.25, 1 year. I get this puts us “over” the $189m but Hal is on record stating we need a pitcher. So I would assume even if we don’t sign Tanaka, we’ll sign someone, which would put us over $189m.

  • Chris

    What would it take to get Matt Dominguez from the Astros? He young and cheap.