As reported by Mark Sheldon:
As Spring Training nears, the Reds may be nearing another deal to address their bench. They are working on a Minor League deal with former Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings, a source confirmed to MLB.com.
Jennings, 30, spent all seven of his big league seasons with the Rays. He’s a career .245/.322/.393 hitter with 55 home runs in 567 games.
Injuries plagued Jennings during his last few years in Tampa Bay. In ’15, he was limited to 28 games because of left knee injuries and later a tooth infection that ended his season. In ’16, he was bothered by a left knee contusion and a hamstring injury, limiting him to 65 games. Jennings batted .200/.281/.350 last season with seven homers and 20 RBIs before he was released on Aug. 26.
Jennings is 30 years old, but he had three or four pretty effective seasons for the Rays from 2011 to 2014. His career slash line is .245/.322/.393. A good defensive player, he’s a candidate to be the fourth outfielder for the 2017 Reds…although I’d prefer Arismendy Alcantara, all things considered.
UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman, the Reds have signed Jennings. It’ll be a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
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