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Free Agent Forecast: Mark Reynolds

11/06/2013 11:42 AM ET
By Doug Williams

Mark Reynolds proved a valuable utility man for the Yankees last season.(AP)
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BACKGROUND

Once a guy that hit 44 homers in a season, Mark Reynolds has seen his numbers decrease significantly over the past few years. But he still has a power bat and can play above average third and first base. Reynolds' biggest issue is his batting average and he's never hit over .260 in a full season. He also strikes out a ton, and has struck out every 2.6 at bats in his career. He began last season with Cleveland where he hit just .215, was released and then eventually signed with the Yankees.

THE MARKET

Reynolds proved while with the Yankees that he can still hit the ball out of the ballpark, and there's always going to be a market for that in the American League. It's been reported that Reynolds had his agent tell the Yankees front office of his intent to return to the team, which would be smart for both sides. Neither Alex Rodriguez nor Mark Teixeira is a sure thing going into next season, and Reynolds could see some extensive playing time. The Yankees also need right-handed bats, and Reynolds is a power one at that. The deal that Reynolds signed last year with Cleveland was one-year, $6 million plus incentives. I would expect him to get slightly less money this year, because his lack of productivity last year hurt his value.

PREDICTION

I think the Yankees really liked what they saw last year, and his eagerness to return to the Bronx will make the Yanks happy as well. If nothing else, Reynolds is a guy who can play two infield positions and hit the ball out of the park. I predict that the Yankees will sign him to a one-year deal worth $2-3 million, and Reynolds will end up getting a significant amount of playing time. 

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