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Milwaukee Brewers to Sign Former New York Yankees 1B/3B Mark Reynolds to Minor-League Deal: Report

January 17th, 2014 at 7:10 AM
By Doug Rush

Mark Reynolds short tenure with the New York Yankees ended when they wouldn't offer him a guaranteed major league deal and thus, the veteran went shopping elsewhere for a new home and found one on Thursday night.

Sweeny Murti of WFAN has reported that Reynolds will sign with the Milwaukee Brewers on a minor-league deal for the 2014 season.

"Mark Reynolds has agreed to a minor league deal with Milwaukee. So he is not returning to the Yankees," he tweeted.

Reynolds had originally signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cleveland Indians for the 2013 season and was hitting .215 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI before the Indians released him on August 12. With both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis out for the season due to injuries and Lyle Overbay doing all he could at the plate and in the field, the Yankees signed Reynolds for the remainder of the year on August 15.

In the 36 games he was with the Yankees, Reynolds hit .236 with six home runs and 19 RBI while playing first and third base and for the season, Reynolds hit .220 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 135 total games.

Before signing Reynolds, the Brewers were trying to acquire Ike Davis from the New York Mets, but were unable to strike a deal for the struggling left-handed slugger and thus, Milwaukee moved on to pursue Reynolds, who will compete to be the team's starting first basemen in 2014.

The Yankees had remained interested in Reynolds due to the impending suspension for Alex Rodriguez, but they had already signed former Tampa Bay Rays infielder Kelly Johnson earlier in the winter and thus, why they were only offering Reynolds a minor league deal, which he chose to pass on.

Tags: Baseball, Cleveland Indians, Mark Reynolds, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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