How Mark Reynolds Signing Will Impact the Yankees Lineup

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIAugust 16, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 06: Mark Reynolds #12 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds the bases after hitting a two RBI home run against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning of the Orioles 10-6 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Mark Reynolds is officially a New York Yankee.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the two sides reach an agreement on Thursday, and Reynolds will join the team shortly.

The Yanks sit nine games back in the AL East and six games back in the Wild Card race, and Heyman believes that adding Reynolds will help the team.

Reynolds will help with the Yankees' right-handed power, which has been an issue most of the year. And just as vital, he provides insurance in case the recently returned Alex Rodriguez can't hold up.

It's hard to argue with Heyman's logic, as Reynolds is a run-producer who can help a lineup that ranks 22nd in MLB in runs scored at 465, a full 145 runs behind the Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees have struggled to put together a run-scoring lineup all year long, and adding Reynolds could certainly help the team.

Reynolds has played both first and third base in his career, which are the two weakest positions for the Yankees right now. The team traded for Alfonso Soriano and got Curtis Granderson back from the DL, so the outfield has become more solid than it's been all season.

However, the team's corner infield spots have been dreadful. New York's third basemen have hit a total of five home runs this year, which is a big reason why the team ranks 23rd in home runs.

Reynolds was batting .215 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI this season before the Cleveland Indians designated him for assignment earlier this month. He provides a much-needed power bat and helps address the team's need for a right-handed bat all at once.

Reynolds is notorious for striking out, as he led the MLB in strikeouts from 2008 through 2010.

Even with the strikeouts and poor batting average, Reynolds' power made him desirable enough for the Yankees to sign him.

Here's a look at how the Yankees lineup could look with Reynolds at first base instead of Lyle Overbay.

Batting PositionPlayerBA/OBP/SLGHRRBI
1CF Brett Gardner.271/.339/.407839
2RF Ichiro Suzuki.275/.310/.365627
32B Robinson Cano.300/.384/.5002275
43B Alex Rodriguez.278/.350/.41714
5LF Alfonso Soriano.261/.293/.4922473
6DH Curtis Granderson.286/.405/.45736
71B Mark Reynolds.215/.307/.3731548
8SS Eduardo Nunez.233/.288/.321117
9C Chris Stewart.224/.299/.283318

Reynolds supplies some much-needed power. And by adding another righty into the lineup, the team can balance itself out with five righties and four lefties with Reynolds, or five lefties and four righties with Overbay in the mix.

The Yankees lineup hasn't been as good as expected this year, but adding Reynolds will help. Obviously, he won't fix all the team's problems at once, but this is certainly a smart move by Brian Cashman and Co.


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