The New York Yankees will be significantly better in 2014 with Mark Reynolds on the roster. Although Reynolds struggled with the bat last season, his versatility as an infielder is what should catch Brian Cashman‘s attention. The fact that the 30 year old is a proven power hitter is just a welcomed bonus for the Bronx Bombers.
Reynolds can play numerous positions in the infield (1B, 2B, 3B), as well as the corner outfield positions. This versatility will prove useful to Joe Girardi throughout the 2014 season. Reynolds can serve as a viable backup to Mark Teixeira, Brian Roberts, and Alex Rodriguez. And if A-Rod’s suspension holds up, Reynolds can even serve as an everyday third baseman for the Yankees.
Let’s not forget about Reynolds’ ability at the plate. The slugger has never been one to hit for average (career .233 batting average), but he has excelled at hitting for power. Reynolds has a .464 career slugging percentage and has hit over 20 homers six seasons in a row. In 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Reynolds hit 44 home runs and drove in 102 runs. If the Yankees get anywhere close to that production out of Reynolds, the team will have an extremely dangerous lineup.
Mark Reynolds’ presence in the dugout in 2014 could pay huge dividends for the Yankees. If brought back, Reynolds will improve the team in the field and at the plate. His versatility with a glove and ability with a bat adds valuable depth that the Bombers lacked in 2013. If the Yankees plan on playing baseball in October of 2014, depth must not be an issue. The re-signing of Reynolds helps ensure that it’s not.