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Source: Reynolds, Nats agree to Minors deal

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals agreed to a Minor League deal with first baseman Mark Reynolds, a source told MLB.com Thursday night. The club has not confirmed the signing, which is pending a physical.

Reynolds, 34, played in 148 games for the Rockies last season, swatting 30 home runs and posting a .839 OPS. However, his home/road splits indicate he benefited from playing his home games at Coors Fields where he posted a .978 OPS at home compared to a .703 OPS on the road. Reynolds spent the past two seasons in Colorado.

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals agreed to a Minor League deal with first baseman Mark Reynolds, a source told MLB.com Thursday night. The club has not confirmed the signing, which is pending a physical.

Reynolds, 34, played in 148 games for the Rockies last season, swatting 30 home runs and posting a .839 OPS. However, his home/road splits indicate he benefited from playing his home games at Coors Fields where he posted a .978 OPS at home compared to a .703 OPS on the road. Reynolds spent the past two seasons in Colorado.

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It is unclear how exactly Reynolds would fit on this Nationals roster. They already have two first basemen on their roster in Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Adams, and Reynolds' strengths are a bit redundant compared to them. Adams is a left-handed power hitter who can play first base and has some experience in the outfield, while Reynolds does the same from the right side.

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Perhaps he could provide an extra power hitter in the Minors as insurance in the event of an injury. Or perhaps he could be used as a right-handed complement off the bench to Adams at some point during the season.

Reynolds also carries some familiarity with Zimmerman; the two were teammates in college at the University of Virginia from 2003-04 where Reynolds was the shortstop and Zimmerman the third baseman. It gives Washington three former Virginia players on its roster, including left-hander Sean Doolittle, who arrived in 2005, the year after Reynolds left.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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