Yankees eyeing Mark Reynolds, Michael Young, Brian Roberts
The Yankees still need bats and infield depth, and Jon Heyman reports on the specifics.
The Yankees, what with the loss of Robinson Cano, the uncertain status of Alex Rodriguez and the age/injury concerns of Derek Jeter, are still in the market for infield depth. They've already inked Kelly Johnson and Brendan Ryan this offseason, but CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that they've got some other targets in mind. Namely, Heyman tweets that they're considering Mark Reynolds, Michael Young and Brian Roberts.
Reynolds, age 30, is a low-average, high-strikeout hitter, but he does have power and does draw walks. He can man third in a pinch, but he's stretched defensively anywhere other than first base. Last season, Reynolds batted .220/.306/.393 with 21 homers in 135 games for the Indians and Yankees.
The 37-year-old Young in 2013 batted .279/.335/.395 for the Phillies and Dodgers and spent most of his time at third base and first. Like Reynolds, though, he's a defensive liability anywhere but first.
Finally, Roberts, age 36 and an Orioles lifer, batted .249/.312/.392 in 77 games for Baltimore last season. While Roberts has much more defensive value than Reynolds and Young, he's burdened by an extensive injury history.