Less than two days before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, the Washington Nationals announced Monday night that they have acquired utility man Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations. The Mets had designated Reynolds for assignment last week after signing third baseman Todd Frazier.
Reynolds provides some versatility, organizational depth and more insurance should starting second baseman Daniel Murphy begin the season on the disabled list following microfracture knee surgery in October. The two leading options to start at second base if Murphy isn’t ready are Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick, whom the Nationals re-signed to a two-year, $7 million deal this winter.
The 27-year-old Reynolds played six positions — shortstop, third base, second base, first base, left field and right field — in 115 games for the Mets over the past two seasons. He batted .228 with four home runs and a .652 on-base-plus slugging percentage in 226 plate appearances.
Reynolds was first called up to the major leagues as an injury replacement during the 2015 World Series. He would have been the first player in history to make his major league debut in a World Series game, but he didn’t appear in the series. He now joins Murphy, who carried the Mets to that World Series appearance with a historic postseason, as infielders who bounced from the Mets to the Nationals.
Nationals’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for spring training at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. The report date for position players is next Monday, and the first full-squad workout is slated for Feb. 21.
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