Mark Reynolds has agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Reynolds was released by the Indians earlier in the week after being designated for assignment by the club.
Reynolds got off to a tremendous start at the beginning of the season, posting a 1.019 OPS in the month of April while hitting .301. It's been all downhill ever since, with his strikeout rate rising to 32 percent while the rest of his numbers all took a turn for the worst. With Reynolds being blocked at both corner infield positions and ageless wonder Jason Giambi serving as Cleveland's primary designated hitter, the Indians decided to part ways with the 30-year-old third baseman as his struggles continued. He's currently hitting .215 with a .680 OPS, 15 home runs and 48 RBI.
Reynolds heads to the Yankees as a potential right-handed bat to help even out their lineup. New York has struggled to hit for power from the right side of the plate all season long. Look for Reynolds to split his time at third base backing up Alex Rodriguez, as well as platooning at first base with Lyle Overbay.
With the Yankees nine games back in the AL East and six games back of the second Wild Card spot, the reported addition of Reynolds is a low-risk move that could pay off down the stretch. The terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.