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New York Yankees Met with Agent of Infielder Mark Reynolds

December 5th, 2012 at 6:36 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

As the New York Yankees continue looking for a third baseman to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, they met with the agent of Mark Reynolds on Wednesday, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com

'Mark Reynolds' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

A-Rod is set to have hip surgery this winter and could miss four to six months while recovering, leaving the Yankees with another hole to fill this offseason. In addition to the Yankees, Reynolds is drawing interest from the Cleveland Indians. 

Reynolds, 29, hit .221 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI last season with the Baltimore Orioles. His home run total of 23 snapped his streak of three consecutive seasons of hitting 30 or more home runs. 

Reynolds earned $7.5 million last season and is looking for a similar amount next season. Though he's a good fit for New York because of his willingness to accept a one-year deal, he's a better fit at first base rather than third and his strikeout totals are concerning. 

In 135 games, Reynolds struck out 159 times last year and has struck out at least 200 times in three of his six seasons in the Majors. 

The Yankees are quickly running out of options as Major League Baseball's free agency has started to heat up. Other candidates for New York's utility infielder role such as Marco Scutaro, Yunel Escobar, and Jeff Keppinger have all signed with other teams and are off the market. However, former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is still available and has talked with the Yankees. 

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