Nationals re-sign Rhymes to minor-league deal

Nationals re-sign Rhymes to minor-league deal
December 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
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The Nationals have re-signed Will Rhymes to a minor-league contract, giving the 30-year-old infielder an invitation to big-league spring training, according to his agency.

Rhymes, who played at the College of William and Mary, was at Nationals camp last spring and wound up spending the season at Class AAA Syracuse. He hit .274 with a .360 on-base percentage in 133 games, playing primarily at second base.

A veteran of 132 major-league games with the Tigers and Rays, Rhymes provides some veteran infield depth and could compete with Danny Espinosa for a spot on the Nationals' bench. One potential hang-up: He has only minimal experience at shortstop, none in the big leagues, and the Nats would probably need their utility infielder to be able to back up Ian Desmond.

Rhymes is represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council, which announced his signing with the Nationals.