With the start of Spring Training fast approaching, the Washington Nationals announced on Monday night that they had acquired infielder Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets in return for cash considerations.
Reynolds, 27, is a 2012 Mets’ 2nd round pick out of the University of Arkansas who’s played 115 games in the majors for New York, putting up a combined .228/.300/.351 line over 226 plate appearances.
In a press release on the deal, the Nationals noted Reynolds’ versatility, which has allowed him to play short, third base, second, first, and left and right field.
In 2017, which was his second season in the majors, Reynolds put up a .230/.326/.301 line with a double, two triples, and a home run in 130 PAs, over which he was worth -0.2 fWAR.
In 33 games and 144 PAs at Triple-A Las Vegas in the Mets’ system in 2017, Reynolds put up a .320/.396/.484 line with nine doubles and four home runs.
Reynolds will likely compete for a spot on the bench, though with the likes of Wilmer Difo, Howie Kendrick, Brian Goodwin, and Matt Adams expected to claim roles, he’s probably a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.
With the addition of Reynolds, the Nationals now have 40 players on the 40-Man roster, and additional depth in the system.
Washington Post beat writer Chelsea Janes noted on Twitter that Reynolds has an option remaining.