Desmond Jennings

#27 LF / Cincinnati Reds / EXP: 7YRS / MINORS Height: 6-2 Weight: 210 lb Age: 30 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Desmond Jennings had been with Tampa Bay long enough to have played when they were still the Devil Rays, but his 11-year tenure with the team came to end in 2016 after the veteran outfielder was released in the midst of an unproductive, injury-riddled season. In 65 games with the Rays, Jennings slashed a paltry .200/.281/.350 and struck out a career-high 25.8 percent of the time. His 73 wRC+ was easily the worst of his MLB career. A former 30-plus base stealer in his prime, the 30-year-old has just seven stolen bases in his last two big league seasons (333 plate appearances). Jennings may find a new home prior to the 2017 season, but he's unlikely to be of much fantasy interest. It seems that his once-tantalizing upside has all but vanished and he'll likely serve as no more than a reserve outfielder in the coming years.

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    • Jennings (knee) agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Jennings' 2016 season was one filled with injuries, and culminated in him being released by the Rays. At the time of his release, he'd played in 65 games and owned a subpar .200/.281/.350 line. Getting on base has never been his forte, but at his best Jennings showed the ability to skillfully steal bases and occasionally stretch a single into a double. However, injuries have gotten the best of him and he's played in a combined 93 games over the last two seasons, so prospective owners may want to look elsewhere for outfield depth.

    • Desmond Jennings: Released by Rays
      By RotoWire Staff

      Jennings (knee) was released by the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennings was not claimed off waivers after being designated for assignment, and he is now a free agent who is free to sign with any team. It's not clear how healthy his knee is given that he was on the Rays' disabled list prior to his release, but he figures to garner some interest from other teams.

    • Rays' Desmond Jennings: To be released Saturday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Jennings (knee) will be released by the Rays on Saturday. Jennings is currently on the DL with a knee injury, but he didn't see consistent time on the field when healthy. After playing in 65 games, Jennings failed to impress and hit a bleak .200/.281/.350. If a team opts to sign Jennings, it's likely that he'll simply provide additional outfield depth, whether it be at the Triple-A level or with a big club.

    • Rays' Desmond Jennings: Dealing with knee injury
      By RotoWire Staff

      Jennings was placed on the disabled list with a left knee contusion, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennings returned to action earlier in the week after recovering from a hamstring injury, but it appears he is now dealing with a new issue. He will be eligible to return to action August 18, but it remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined with his latest setback.

    • Rays' Desmond Jennings: Lands on disabled list
      By RotoWire Staff

      The Rays placed Jennings on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The reason for Jennings' placement on the disabled list was not provided, but he has not played since Tuesday and missed all of July with a hamstring injury, so it seems likely that was the cause. Mikie Mahtook was activated from the disabled list and will replace Jennings on the roster.

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