Yankees sign Burt Reynolds
Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein Tweeted on Wednesday morning that New York has signed third baseman/outfielder Burt Reynolds, who played for the independent Newark Bears of the Can-Am Baseball Association in 2011.
Though not related to the iconic actor who played titular antagonist Bo Darville in 1977's "Smokey and the Bandit," Reynolds does have a strong baseball bloodline - he is the cousin of Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Last season, Reynolds hit .232 with 13 home runs, 36 RBI, and 11 stolen bases for the Bears. Originally a 30th round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2006, the 23-year-old native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic spent three years in Tampa Bay's minor league system prior to his stint in the Can-Am league.
He also had perhaps the most recognizable name on a team full of them. The 2011 Bears, who were managed by former Yankee outfielder Tim Raines, included four former Major Leaguers - Daryle Ward, Kyle Snyder, Brandon Watson, and Ramon Nivar - as well as a pair of second-generation players with Yankees lineage in Tim Raines Jr. and Todd Gossage, the youngest son of Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage.