Sources: Yankees Reach Deal With Righty Slugger Mark Reynolds
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees do not appear to be content to have just Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez as their main right-handed power threats down the stretch. Sources told WFAN’s Jon Heyman on Thursday the Bombers have agreed to a deal with slugger Mark Reynolds.
Terms of the contract were not immediately known, though Reynolds did pick the Yankees over three other teams, Heyman reported.
Reynolds batted .215 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 99 games for Cleveland before being released on Aug. 12.
The 30-year-old corner infielder figures to be a low-risk, high-reward option for the Yankees, who were among the worst offensive teams in baseball prior to acquiring Soriano from the Chicago Cubs on July 26 and getting Rodriguez back from injury on Aug. 5.
Reynolds has been a feast-or-famine hitter throughout his seven-year career. He has 196 home runs and 549 RBIs, including a 44-homer, 102-RBI season with Arizona in 2009, but is a liftetime .233 hitter and has struck out more than 200 times in three different seasons.
The Yankees have won five of their last seven, but are coming off an 8-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Heading into the game, the Yankees were 9 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and 5 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot.
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