Reynolds signs with Brewers, but are Nats still looking?

Reynolds signs with Brewers, but are Nats still looking?
January 18, 2014, 10:00 am
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On Friday the Milwaukee Brewers reached agreement with infielder Mark Reynolds on a one-year, minor league deal. This was just days after he was linked to the Nats in a somewhat surprising report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. 

It was surprising because the Nationals don't seem to need a guy like Reynolds, and because he could probably start elsewhere. Reynolds did end up with a team he'll likely get more playing time with, but did the Nationals' interest in Reynolds reveal a need they hope to address?

If Reynolds joined the Nationals he would fill the role many expect Tyler Moore to have this season, a backup first baseman who brings power as a pinch-hitter. Though Reynolds has played a lot longer in the big leagues, he doesn't bring much more to the table than Moore. Both have power from the right side and can play first base. Reynolds can also play third, but Moore can play left field.

The Nats kicking the tires on Reynolds could show they want to have a backup plan for Moore, or at least some competition for him. Reynolds got a minor league deal which represents very little risk. If they could find that with somebody else, maybe they pull the trigger.

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Moore was exactly what the Nationals needed off their bench in 2012, but struggled with a .222/.260/.347 slash line last season. Which version will they get this time around?

There aren't many options like Reynolds left on the free agent market. Perhaps they could give Jeff Baker or a call. But if their interest in Reynolds is any indication, Mike Rizzo and the Nationals may still be looking to upgrade their bench.

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