The New York Yankees were interested in a reunion with Mark Reynolds for another season, especially since after how well he stepped into the final two months of the 2013 season and played well for the team, but it looks like that reunion will be unlikely.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has reported that Reynolds appears close to signing elsewhere for next season and will likely not be returning to the Yankees again for an encore season.
"The Yankees have been engaged with Mark Reynolds about a possible return, but a source said the power-hitting infielder appears close to signing with another team outside the Bronx."
Reynolds was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians on a one-year deal for 2013 and hit .215 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI, but was released by Cleveland in August after wanting to go with some younger players at the positions he played, and with the Yankees having both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis on the shelf for the season with their respective injuries, the Yankees signed Reynolds for the remainder of 2013.
In 36 games, Reynolds hit .236 with six home runs and 19 RBI for the Yankees while playing first, second and third base and serving as a designated hitter in his short time with the Yankees. For the season, Reynolds finished hitting .220 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in his time with Cleveland and the Yankees.
With the uncertainty of Alex Rodriguez for the 2014 season with his current legal battles with MLB, it made sense for the Yankees to maintain interest and look into bringing Reynolds back for one more go around, but it looks like Reynolds may have a strong enough offer out on the market that will pull him away from the Bronx and land him elsewhere in 2014.
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