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Nats bring back Rhymes on minor-league deal

Dec 30, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

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The Nationals have re-signed Will Rhymes to a minor-league contract, giving the 30-year-old infielder an invitation to big-league spring training, according to his agency.

Rhymes, who played at the College of William and Mary, was at Nationals camp last spring and wound up spending the season at Class AAA Syracuse. He hit .274 with a .360 on-base percentage in 133 games, playing primarily at second base.

A veteran of 132 major-league games with the Tigers and Rays, Rhymes provides some veteran infield depth and could compete with Danny Espinosa for a spot on the Nationals’ bench. One potential hang-up: He has only minimal experience at shortstop, none in the big leagues, and the Nats would probably need their utility infielder to be able to back up Ian Desmond.

Rhymes is represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council, which announced his signing with the Nationals.

  1. Sonny G 10 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Hmmm, I don’t remember Will Rhymes from last year. Maybe he rhymes with somebody else:)

    • natsfan1a - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      I remember him being quite entertaining at one of the Nats Fest Q&A sessions last year. Maybe they’re bringing him back for a repeat performance. :-)

  2. Joe Seamhead - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I’m pretty sure that this signing doesn’t count as the most significant moment of 2013.

    • dgourds - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:57 AM


  3. rogieshan - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    “He (Rhymes) has only minimal experience at shortstop, none in the big leagues, and the Nats would probably need their utility infielder to be able to back up Ian Desmond.”


    Anthony Rendon had even less experience (Little League?) at shortstop before he played a handful games there last year, so he could actually be the first option in the event of an injury to Desmond.

    I do hope Zach Walter show enough in spring to get the backup job. Emmanuel Burris would be my second choice. I seem to remember him as being a slick fielder with the Giants.

  4. Section 222 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I know I’m a broken record, but while it would be nice if our utility infielder could play all three infield positions, he really doesn’t need to play short, he just needs to be able to get hits off the bench. If Desi gets injured, you call up Espi. Until then, Desi doesn’t need to be replaced in the late innings and Rendon can fill in for a game or two if needed, just like he did last year.

    • letswin3 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM


  5. Jeff - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Did Wil play for Gardner in rays chain ??
    Plus he helps pad the AAA depth
    Keeping some good talent for Daubach
    On Sens infield





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