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Worth the wait in finding one last position player?

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Reynolds

In the wake of today’s Brian Roberts signing, I believe it was our Ivy League friend Dan Barbarisi who was first to report that the Yankees have talked Mark Reynolds about a return to the Bronx, but “there is nothing even remotely close.” I also can’t help but notice the team hasn’t officially announced the Carlos Beltran signing.

Just thinking outloud, but it might make sense for the Yankees to hold off on additional position player moves for the moment. Not if they can add a huge piece, but adding role players and making signings official can probably wait while the Yankees hope for A-Rod clarity and explore every Ichiro trade opportunity.

Let’s assume the Yankees are going to carry 13 position players. Then let’s count the guys who are basically locked into big league jobs next season:

1. Brian McCann, 2. Mark Teixeira, 3. Brian Roberts, 4. Derek Jeter, 5. Kelly Johnson, 6. Brett Gardner, 7. Jacoby Ellsbury, 8. Carlos Beltran, 9. Alfonso Soriano, 10. Francisco Cervelli, 11. Brendan Ryan.

We can debate whether it’s Cervelli or Austin Romine in that backup catcher job, but the exact name doesn’t matter. What matters is that the Yankees are going to carry a backup catcher and at least one backup shortstop, and that means 11 roster spots are locked up.

Which leaves two spots open.

Let’s say one goes to a fifth outfielder. That might not be a certainty — Johnson could play the fifth outfielder role — but even assuming a regular fifth outfielder means there’s room for only one of Ichiro Suzuki or Vernon Wells (maybe neither if a guy like Zoilo Almonte can swoop in and win the spot). Regardless, it’s pretty clear the Yankees are not planning to carry both Ichiro and Wells, and either one would play a pretty tiny role. If Ichiro can bring any sort of positive return — even if it’s just dumping some of his salary — that’s worth investigating before the Yankees are forced to bump someone else off the 40-man to make room for Beltran.

There’s also room for one right-handed third baseman. Maybe that’s Reynolds. Maybe it’s Michael Young. Maybe it’s Eduardo Nunez. Maybe, just maybe, it’s  Rodriguez. For now, the Yankees are slightly vulnerable because they don’t know Rodriguez’s fate. They could proactively sign a guy like Reynolds, but it would open the possibility of having two players for one spot. Granted, that might be a chance the Yankees have to take — and let’s face it, I think most people are expecting at least some sort of Rodriguez suspension — but it certainly doesn’t hurt the Yankees to hold off as long as they can before making some sort of third base move. If Reynolds gets close to coming off the board, then the Yankees might have to spring into action. But if that’s not the case, it makes sense to wait.

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26 Responses to “Worth the wait in finding one last position player?”

  1. Irreverent Discourse December 17th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I really like Jeff Baker as the piece to plug the infield gap.

  2. pat December 17th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    injuryexpert
    Hearing an MLB team has filed formal complaint re: ARod’s DL stint. Want 3d party exam, discipline for Yanks, doctor if not to standard.

  3. AAA December 17th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    injuryexpert
    Hearing an MLB team has filed formal complaint re: ARod’s DL stint. Want 3d party exam, discipline for Yanks, doctor if not to standard

    ==============================

    Wut?

  4. pat December 17th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    injuryexpert
    Hearing an MLB team has filed formal complaint re: ARod’s DL stint. Want 3d party exam, discipline for Yanks, doctor if not to standard

    Scratch that. That’s an old tweet from this summer and someone retweeted it today.

  5. Irreverent Discourse December 17th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    The only thing worse than twitter is old twitter.

  6. pkyankfan69 December 17th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    There’s also room for one right-handed third baseman. Maybe that’s Reynolds. Maybe it’s Michael Young. Maybe it’s Eduardo Nunez. Maybe, just maybe, it’s Rodriguez.
    —-
    Maybe it’s Aram!

  7. brianlopez22 December 17th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Aram blows us over 189, might as well trade for Hamels and go big for tanaka 5 for 90.

    It seems to me, they will fill the rest internally pending ARod.
    If Arod plays any part of this year, 189 is gone, so just grab anyone and everyone who can help us win this year.

  8. blake December 17th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    185 seems like a close number to where they are now without Arod…..Id say it’s plus or minus 2 million of that. Either way they really can’t do anything else and stay under

  9. blake December 17th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Still would be awesome if the yanks just said screw it and signed Choo and dealt Gardner for something else

  10. Bret The Hitman December 17th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Gonna dunk in my housemates jacuzzi, typically not a Tuesday ritual for me but sometimes you gotta bust up the work week.

  11. Bret The Hitman December 17th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    She has all these voodoo essential oils and I put 10 drops of this rose extract. The house smells like a funeral. Crap.

  12. Jerkface December 17th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Patrick Newman ?@npbtracker 3m

    @yakyunightowl @ProspectInsider He asked to be posted and was traded the next day. He asked again after this season, and Orix refused.

    Some teams simply don’t give a damn about the posting system

  13. blake December 17th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Bret,

    You and Asheville are a perfect match

  14. Hankflorida December 17th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    If Yankees do not sign Reynolds, who relieves Text at 1st? I can see Reynolds platooning with Johnson against lefties at 3rd, and when Roberts is rested against certain right handed pitchers who do not give Reynolds trouble, Johnson and he could play together. Reynolds can get enought playing time, and I would like to see him learn to drive the ball towards the right field porch in YS as he looks like he has more then warning track power to the opposite field.

  15. tomingeorgia December 17th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Just made about four gallons of popcorn to pad all the baked goods Mrs. Tom has ready to send out tomorrow to various folks. It’s going to cost about $90.00 to mail, probably cost more than the ingredients, plus three days’ toil. On the other hand, I get what’s left over. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  16. UpState December 17th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    “…The Padres have signed infielder Alberto Gonzalez to a minor league contract…”

    ….Oh no !

    (missed a big fish, again)

  17. blake December 17th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    @ChrisCotillo: #Cubs sign Jose Veras to a one-year, $4 million deal, according to @Enrique_Rojas1. Includes $5.5M option for 2016

  18. UpState December 17th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Fish are flying everywhere !

  19. hardwired7 December 17th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    “Hearing an MLB team has filed formal complaint”

    Has to be the O’s, right? What a bunch of whiners.

  20. joeman December 17th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    they don’t need Reynolds here..the guy is a K machine & inning killer

  21. chicken_stanley December 17th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Tom – a sure sign of Christmas is when the baked goods start coming out of the oven! You could eat thevery same baked goods in July – they wouldn’t taste nearly as good!

  22. kd December 17th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    when is the arod verdict expected?

  23. mick December 17th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Benoit?

  24. UpState December 17th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NEXT

  25. Dill Pickler December 17th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Wells should have been dumped last July. He should not be taking up a roster spot, especially if it’s going to get in the way of signing someone who might actually contribute this year.

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