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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Source: Young joins Reynolds as 3B option

By Andrew Marchand

Alex Rodriguez, Michael Young
The Yankees are weighing their options as the world awaits arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's big decision.
As the baseball world waits for "Decision 2014" on Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have thought about alternatives if Rodriguez's ban for this season is upheld.

Besides Mark Reynolds, the Yankees will consider Michael Young, a source told ESPN New York.

Reynolds could form a pretty powerful platoon with Kelly Johnson, though their defense would be lacking. (When you think about it, how much different at third base is that than A-Rod?)

As for the 37-year-old Young, the Yankees tried to trade for him prior to last July's deadline when he ended up with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 147 games in 2013, Young hit .279 with a .730 OPS. By comparison, Rodriguez had a .771 OPS in 44 games in '13.

The Yankees aren't planning on moving forward with anything at third until they know A-Rod's penalty -- or lack thereof -- and possibly won't make any moves at third until after the Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes conclude.

But they will consider Young, along with Reynolds, if A-Rod's ban is upheld.