Nats acquire UT Reynolds from Mets


Acquiring a versatile player from a division rival, the Washington Nationals picked up utility man Matt Reynolds from the New York Mets in a cash transaction on Monday.

Reynolds became available when the Mets designated him for assignment last week to open a roster spot for newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier.

Last season, Reynolds made starts for the Mets at all four infield positions as well as both corner outfield spots.

The 27-year-old didn't hit much, though, producing a .230 batting average with a .326 on-base percentage, a .301 slugging percentage, one homer and five RBIs in 68 games. In 115 games over two major league seasons, all with the Mets, he has a career batting line of .228/.300/.351 with four homers and 18 RBIs.

With Washington, Reynolds might compete with Howie Kendrick and Wilmer Difo for a utility role.

The Nationals had a vacancy on their 40-man roster to add Reynolds after 24-year-old catcher Raudy Read was suspended 80 games last week for failing a drug test. Read tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug, and his appeal was denied even though he maintained his innocence.

--Field Level Media

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