Yankees land power bat with addition of Mark Reynolds
The Yankees add the power-hitting infielder who provides insurance for A-Rod.
Mark Reynolds has agreed to a deal with the Yankees, CBSSports.com has learned.
Reynolds will help with the Yankees' right-handed power, which has been an issue most of the year. And just as vital, he provides insurance in case the recently returned Alex Rodriguez can't hold up.
Reynolds, known for huge power but also big strikeouts totals, had 15 home runs, 48 RBI and a .215 batting average when he was designated for assignment by the Indians.
Reynolds has hit 14 home runs against the Yankeees in 165 at-bats, most vs any AL team. His 10 homers against the Red Sox are his second best total vs. an A.L. club.
The Yankees have had a lack of right-handed power most of the year, due to injuries and defections -- though it's been a little better lately, with the return of the embattled third baseman Rodriguez and a bit of a resurgence by Vernon Wells. A-Rod, 38 came back after a second extensive hip surgery, and while he has looked pretty good thus far there are no guarantees.
The righty-hitting Reynolds is insurance for third since A-Rod can't play every day, and he can also fill in at first base where the left-handed-hitting Lyle Overbay has done a decent job. Reynolds has terrific power but has been a bit streaky this year.
Reynolds, a veteran who previously played for the Diamondbacks and Orioles, picked the Yankees among four interested teams. The Indians decided to go use Jason Giambi more, limiting Reynolds' time.