It was Jon Heyman who first reported that the Yankees have signed right-handed corner infielder Mark Reynolds. The expectation is that Reynolds will join the team this weekend in Boston.
The appeal is obvious.
Lyle Overbay has largely exceeded expectations this season, but he’s a left-handed hitter who desperately needs a right-handed platoon partner. That would seem to be where Reynolds fits. His .215/.333/.411 slash line against lefties this season isn’t overwhelming, but it certainly beats Overbay’s .206/.252/.314. The Yankees have dabbled with David Adams and Vernon Wells at first base, but Adams isn’t around any more and Wells had never played the infield until this season. Reynolds has plenty of experience at first, can play third if necessary, and has slugged .480 against lefties in his career.
He fills a platoon hole the Yankees have struggled with ever since Mark Teixeira was hurt — the first time and the second time.
As for fitting Reynolds on the roster, that could get interesting. Right now the Yankees are carrying 13 pitchers, so in the short term they could lose one for a more traditional roster alignment. But who goes? David Huff was just promoted to provide long relief, a second lefty, and a spot-start option for Tuesday’s doubleheader. Does he get DFA again? Do the Yankees option Preston Claiborne? Option Adam Warren? Do something drastic with Joba Chamberlain?
These aren’t roster-breaking possibilities, but they are curious options.
And the decision gets interesting again when Derek Jeter comes back, probably on Tuesday. Could be bad news for Jayson Nix.
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