Slugging 1B Mark Reynolds likely to make decision soon

Free agent slugging first baseman Mark Reynolds, a potential bench fit for the Nationals, is weighing several offers and will likely decide on his 2014 team by the end of the week, a person familiar with the situation said.

The Nationals can still upgrade at several areas on their bench, and Reynolds, a hitter with wicked power and eye-popping strikeout totals, would give Manager Matt Williams a threatening right-handed option. Reynolds will likely find more available playing time elsewhere, but the Virginia Beach native has ties to Washington.

General Manager Mike Rizzo drafted Reynolds in 2004, when he was the Diamondbacks’ scouting director. Reynolds was college teammates with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman at Virginia.

Reynolds, 30, has averaged 33 home runs per 162 games in his career. But he has also struck out more than 200 times in a season three times. Last year with the Indians and Yankees, Reynolds hit 21 homers with 154 strikeouts in 504 plate appearances.

The Nationals agreed to a minor league contract with infielder Jamey Carroll last week. The Nationals have yet to officially announce the deal because they are finalizing details in his contract. It should be announced either Friday or Monday.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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