The Reds are closing in on a minor-league deal with free-agent outfielder Desmond Jennings, a major-league source told SB Nation. Specific terms of the deal are not yet known.
As Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported this morning, Jennings is fully healthy and expects to participate fully in spring training after suffering knee and hamstring issues over the past two seasons with the Rays. Tampa Bay released the outfielder in August due to injury concerns, and he hit the open market this winter without much fanfare.
Jennings, 30, will enter camp for the Reds as an outfield option alongside Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler. Jennings has the ability to play all three outfield spots, but may see the brunt of his time with Cincinnati as a right-fielder.
Jennings hit .200/.281/.350 with seven homers in 65 games for the Rays last season, and owns a career .245/.322/.393 line with 55 homers in 567 games over seven seasons. The former top prospect was a 10th-rounder for the Rays in 2006, but has never fully lived up to his potential at the major-league level.