The Nationals have signed infielder Will Rhymes to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training, according to his agents at the Beverly Hills Sports Council.
Rhymes, who plays both second and third base, has spent parts of the last three seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s a career .266 hitter with a .328 on-base percentage with his best season coming in 2010 with the Tigers when he hit .304 in 191 at-bats.
Last year, Rhymes hit .228 in 128 at-bats.
The Nationals are happy with their infield depth with Steve Lombardozzi poised to serve as a utility man for them again in 2013 after excelling in the role last season, but Rhymes definitely gives them more of it, and his ability on the corner as well as at second gives him an added level of versatility.