In a season where the New York Yankees missed the playoffs and were riddled by injuries, Mark Reynolds was one of the few bright spots. The 30- year-old corner infielder struggled mightily for the Cleveland Indians for most of the 2013 season, batting only .215 in 99 games while striking out a startling 123 times.
Reynolds, who’d been tremendous in his career at Yankee Stadium, looked for a fresh start in the Bronx. While Reynolds sometimes strikes out a ton, he also hits the ball a ton. He hit a home run in one out of every six games he played in for the Yankees. Mark is not only powerful, but he is versatile. He appeared for the Yankees at third base, first base and even filled in a few games at second base.
In a starting role, Reynolds strikes out too frequently and has a bit of a shaky glove. However, for a team that has the depth the Yankees have, Reynolds would have been a perfect fit. He would’ve seen backup time at first base when the injury-recovered Mark Teixeira needed a rest; he would’ve platooned at third base with Kelly Johnson, and of course he could’ve been a DH and a powerful pinch hitter off the bench for this year’s team.
The Yankees made a huge mistake not re-signing Mark Reynolds. Anytime you have a chance to lock up a backup infielder still in his prime who’s hit over 30 home runs three times in his career, you do it. With an aging team like the Yankees, having as much depth as possible is key to making long postseason runs. If one of the Yankee infielders gets hurt, the Yankees will surely regret not signing Reynolds.