The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they have signed former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings to a minor league contract.
Over the last week, Jennings has been linked to the Reds and now the deal is officially done. With Jennings signing with the Reds it, officially ends his 7-year run with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays drafted Desmond Jennings in the 10th round of the 2006 MLB Draft and was considered to be one of the hottest prospects on the rise in baseball. Desmond Jennings in his early years with the Rays had had some quality seasons with team, but the last couple of seasons he has taken a bit of a step back.
Desmond Jennings over the past couple of seasons has been linked to being traded or being used as trade bait, but the Rays decided to hold onto to him until his contract was done with the team. Jennings, 30, is now in a situation in his career where he will now have to fight for a position on a team’s roster. The Reds have a great core out outfielders led by center fielder, Billy Hamilton. The Reds have corner fielders in Adam Duvall, who is inked for the left fielder position and Scott Schebler inked in the right field spot.
Desmond will be battling for a backup outfielder role once Spring Training opens up and is the position battle to watch during Reds Spring Training. The Reds will also have Arismendy Alcantara competing for the same roster spot as Desmond Jennings, so keep an eye out on this battle as it will tend to heat up.