Desmond Jennings won’t return to play the final week

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Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings has been out since August 29 with a sore knee and the team announced that he won’t return to play the final week.

Jennings stressed to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that “it’s gotten better” and he’s no longer worried about the injury long term, but he just ran out of time this season.

He finishes the season hitting .244 with 10 homers, 15 steals, and a .697 OPS in 123 games, falling back to his 2012 production after posting a .748 OPS last season. Jennings, who turns 28 years old next month, will be arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.