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Nationals Reportedly Sign Will Rhymes To Minor League Deal

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For the second year in a row, the Washington Nationals have reportedly inked veteran infielder Will Rhymes to a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Rhymes spent the 2013 campaign at Triple-A Syracuse in the Nats' system after signing last November.

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The Washington Nationals signed Will Rhymes early last offseason, giving the veteran infielder a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Rhymes was coming off a 2012 season in Tampa Bay which saw the then-29-year-old infielder put up a .228/.299/.285 line with two doubles, a triple and a home run in 47 games and 137 plate appearances. In 46 games and 194 PAs at Triple-A in the Rays' system in 2012, Rhymes had a .256/.326/.390 line with five doubles, three triples and four home runs in 46 games and 194 PAs.

He spent the entire year at Triple-A Syracuse in 2013, putting together a .274/.360/.349 line with 15 doubles, five triples and three home runs in 133 games and 530 PAs over which he struck out 29 times and took 65 walks.

Rhymes was granted free agent this past November, but according to multiple reports this afternoon, the now-30-year-old, three-year major league veteran has agreed to another minor league deal with the Nationals:

In 449 plate appearances in his major league career, Rhymes has a combined .266/.328/.343 line with his best season in the majors coming in 2010 in Detroit when the left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing second baseman put up a .304/.350/.414 line in 54 games and 213 PAs over which he was worth +0.9 fWAR.