The Yankees are finally showing interest in Mark Reynolds, who has long said he wanted to return to the team. After missing out on potential alternatives in Juan Uribe, David Freese, among others, Reynolds could be the best choice they have at this point. The Yankees won't know the final fate of Alex Rodriguez until January, and by then it might be too late.
Reynolds hit .215/.307/.373 with the Indians until he was released and was picked up by the Yankees, with whom he hit .236/.300/.455 in only 36 games. He really only had two above-average months in 2013, but he has shown to be good for around 20-30 home runs a year
If A-Rod is not suspended, Reynolds would merely serve as useful corner infield depth, otherwise, he might not be great as a full-time solution. His defense at third is horrendous (-60 DRS), so he's really a DH pretending to belong in the field. Probably most importantly, he gives the Yankees another option against lefties, as the right-handed slugger has a 119 wRC+ against southpaws. Whether as a bat off the bench or a fixture in the lineup against lefties, alongside Alfonso Soriano, he will have his use.
Now entering his age-30 season, Reynolds made $6 million in 2013, exactly half what the Yankees paid Kevin Youkilis. The Twins, Brewers, and Rays are also said to have interest, so they better move quickly before they miss out on someone else.