The New York Yankees and Mark Reynolds have agreed to a deal, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Thursday night. The signing gives the Yankees another right-handed power bat who could see time at the corner-infield and DH spots.
Last Thursday, the Cleveland Indians designated Reynolds for assignment. They released him outright on Monday. According to Heyman, Reynolds spurned at least three other interested teams to sign with the Yankees. The Baltimore Orioles reportedly were one of those teams interested.
Reynolds could help the Yankees with one of their main problems this year — right-handed power. That power deficit has improved recently, however, with the addition and resurgence of outfielder Alfonso Soriano, as well as the return of embattled third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Since the end of June, however, Reynolds has been in a prolonged slump. Since June 29, he has batted .136 with no home runs in 66 at-bats. Overall, he is batting .215 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 99 games this season. He also has struck out 123 times — good for the seventh-highest mark in the American League.