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Still tweaking their roster with the 2014 season approaching, the Nationals are interested in a familiar name.
Former Orioles infielder, University of Virginia star and Ryan Zimmerman's college teammate Mark Reynolds has been linked to the Nats, along with four other teams. The other four are American League clubs, naturally, as Reynolds last played in the NL in 2010.
Here's the report from CBSSports.com:
nationals, rangers, twins, orioles & yankees among teams that have been in on mark reynolds.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 13, 2014
If the Nationals brought in Reynolds, it would likely be for infield depth on their bench with spot starts on occasion. Reynolds, 30, could spell either Ryan Zimmerman at third or Adam LaRoche at first. A deal between the two sides would require, however, Reynolds accepting a role on the bench.
Reynolds strikes out a ton and has consistently hit about .220 over the last three seasons, but he's still worth a lineup spot on a bad team. He started 94 games for the Indians - a team that made the playoffs - in 2013 and may believe he is still worth an everyday job. With the Nationals as currently constructed, he'd receive far less playing time than he's used to.
From the Nationals' perspective, you could see the reasoning. Reynolds has impressive power and a reliable track record hitting home runs. Having that type of pop on your bench would be an asset. But Reynolds may be able to start more games if he chooses to sign with, say the Twins, who Jon Heyman noted are also interested.
Reynolds playing in D.C. some day is not a far-fetched idea. He has the college connection with Zimmerman and grew up in Virginia. The timing may not be right for either side, but you never know. Nate McLouth, Reynolds' teammate in 2012 with the Orioles, recently signed with the Nats despite potential to start elsewhere. Maybe Reynolds will join him.