Washington paid a premium to add Nate McLouth as a fourth outfielder and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals are trying to beef up their bench even further with Mark Reynolds.
According to Ladson they’ve “expressed interest” in Reynolds, who split last season between the Indians and Yankees while hitting .220 with 21 homers and a .699 OPS in 135 games.
It seems unlikely that Reynolds would sign with the Nationals unless he has no offers to be a regular, because Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche are locked in as the corner infield starters in Washington.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.
Nice move, union and league.
We mentioned this in the recaps this morning but Yoenis Cespedes deserves a post of his own.
He deserves it for his walkoff homer in the tenth inning of last night’s game against the Marlins. He deserves it for the fact that he’s hit five homers and has driven in nine runs in his last ten games while raising his batting average ten points. And, most of all, he deserves it for the magnificent bat flip after watching the ball fly:
Here’s the whole play from MLB.com: