and Kevin Youkilis
will be playing for new teams next season, as both signed one-year deals for 2013 this past week.
Mark Reynolds and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract. Kevin Youkilis and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract. Both players spent time between third and first base during the 2012 season.
Reynolds, 29, hit .221/.335/.429 with 23 home runs and a .763 OPS in 135 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season. After a miserable first half of play (.207/.335/.383 with 7 HR) - Reynolds posted a .797 OPS and 16 home runs during the second half of play, including 9 home runs during the final month of the regular season. Reynolds' approach is your true two-type-outcome of player - Home Run or Strikeout. He's averaged 34 home runs per season over the past four years and 197 strikeouts over the same time period. Over the past three seasons (2010-2012) - he's hit the 12th most home runs among all major league hitters with 92.
With Lonnie Chisenhall
at third base, the Indians plan to exclusively play Reynolds at first base and DH. I would expect him to hit no higher than sixth on Opening Day 2013.
For Kevin Youkilis, he finds himself in New York - with hopes of helping the Yankees replace Alex Rodriguez
at third base. In case you missed it, Rodriguez is expected to miss close to the whole first half of season, as he recovers from hip surgery. However, he could be out longer due to age and recovery process.
Youkilis, 33, hit a combined .235/.336/.409 with 19 home runs and a .745 OPS in 122 games while splitting time with the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. Youkilis has a career .384 on-base percentage, but has a seen a decline in his OBP since the 2011 season. While he'll likely help out at third base as a replacement for Rodriguez, Youkilis has only managed to play a career high of 112 games at third base (2011). If Rodriguez does return to action in 2013, the pair will split time between DH and third base.
From a fantasy standpoint, owners know exactly what to expect with both of these corner infielders. Neither is a solid cornerstone for your roster, but both players can still provide value from the utility and corner infield spot. Reynolds will likely lose his third base eligibility in 2014, but still home run power, especially if he gets on a hot-streak like he did near the end of the 2012 season. For Youkilis, unless you play in an on-base percentage league, you'll have to be careful about picking up the 33-year-old infielder. His batting average hasn't been much to rejoice about since the 2010 season (.307) and he likely won't hit 20 home runs in 2013.