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June 17, 2017 12:40 PM
Desmond Jennings: Released by Mets at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings was released by the Mets on Friday, Anthony DiComo of reports.

The veteran signed with the organization in April and had been toiling at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit just .237 with 25 RBI and 43 strikeouts in 55 games. The 30-year-old is less than three years removed from logging nearly 500 at-bats with the Rays, but at this point his career could be over.

April 5, 2017 02:20 PM
Mets' Desmond Jennings: Inks MiLB deal with Mets
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Jennings agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets on Wednesday, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.

Jennings was released by the Reds at the end of March after failing to crack the major-league roster out of camp, but he didn't have to wait very long for another offer to arise. The 30-year-old will report to Triple-A Las Vegas, but his extensive major-league experience could help him punch a ticket to the big leagues if anyone in New York's outfield gets hurt.

April 1, 2017 09:16 AM
Desmond Jennings: Released by Reds
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Jennings was released by the Reds on Friday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jennings showed some power this spring for the Reds, but a .195 batting average ultimately sealed his fate. He has been on a steady decline for the past four years, with his big-league OPS dropping from .748 in 2013 to .631 in 2016. That wasn't enough to unseat any of Cincinnati's outfielders, as they have instead chosen to go with youth in former Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara. Jennings has played just 83 major-league games over the past two seasons, and he's going to have a hard time adding to that total after this stinker of a spring.

March 29, 2017 04:12 PM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Sent to minors camp
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Jennings was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.

Jennings was battling for a reserve outfield spot, and it looked like the 30-year-old had a good shot at making the big-league roster with the release of Ryan Raburn. He was just 8-for-41 (.195) throughout spring, however, prompting the Reds to ship him off to the minors to start the season. Jennings does have an opt-out option before Opening Day, which he'll likely utilize in an attempt to latch on elsewhere.

March 27, 2017 04:52 PM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Roster spot more likely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings' chances of winning a roster spot got better Monday with the Reds releasing Ryan Raburn.

Both Jennings and Raburn were NRI's, so now the Reds only have to clear one 40-man roster spot. There's some chance that the team will keep just four reserve hitters, so Jennings could get more plate appearances than your average backup outfielder.

March 27, 2017 01:08 PM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Returns to lineup Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings (hip) is batting seventh and playing center field during Sunday's spring training game against the Mariners, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

Jennings was scratched from Thursday's game with what was being identified as "right hip flexor stiffness." The veteran outfielder said that he wasn't worried about the injury, and the fact that he's suiting up Sunday confirms that it was nothing serious. He'll continue to battle for an Opening Day outfield spot.

March 25, 2017 03:32 PM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Has right hip flexor stiffness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings' injury has been identified as right hip flexor stiffness, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Jennings said he's not worried about the injury and that he would have played Friday if needed.

The outfielder continues fighting for a major league roster spot as a backup. Jennings stole 31 bases in 2012 and no less than 15 in any of his significant major league stints before 2016, so if he could fall into frequent playing time, he could offer cheap steals in mixed leagues. The rest of his offensive game, on the other hand, remains shaky, as seen in his .245/.322/.393 career triple slash.

March 24, 2017 05:52 PM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Out with hip injury
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Jennings was scratched from Thursday's spring training game with a hip injury, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

It was reported earlier that Jennings was scratched for an undisclosed reason, and it appears that reason was some minor hip pain. He'll be out for a couple days at least, so consider him day-to-day until the Reds update his status.

March 23, 2017 05:52 PM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Scratched from lineup Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings was scratched from the Reds' lineup on Thursday for undisclosed reasons, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Beau Amaral will get the start in Jennings' place. The reason for the late scratch hasn't been disclosed, so he'll be considered day-to-day until the Reds clarify his status.

March 2, 2017 01:59 AM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Fighting for roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings (knee) has started spring training by going 2-for-5 in his first two games.

Because the Reds don't have a lot of major league ready talent on the bench, both Jennings and Ryan Raburn could win roster spots out of spring training despite not being on the 40-man roster.

February 2, 2017 07:40 PM
Reds' Desmond Jennings: Signs minor league deal with Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 30, 2016 03:38 PM
Desmond Jennings: Released by Rays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 26, 2016 08:22 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: To be released Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 6, 2016 05:42 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: Dealing with knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 Aug. 18, but it remains to be seen how long he will be sidelined with this latest setback.

August 6, 2016 05:40 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: Lands on disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings was placed 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 to replace Jennings on the roster.

August 1, 2016 05:06 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: In Monday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings is in the lineup for Monday's contest against the Royals, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This will be the first game that Jennings has started since going down with a hamstring injury on June 30. Jennings went 4-for-15 at the plate while on his rehab assignment at High-A Charlotte.

August 1, 2016 04:58 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: Will be activated Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings (hamstring) will be activated ahead of Monday's game, Bill Chastain of reports.

The 29-year-old will finally return after missing the entire month of July with a hamstring injury. Jennings slashed .267/.313/.533 with one home run and two RBI in four rehab starts over the last week, but has struggled mightily in the big leagues this season, hitting just .202 through 63 games for the Rays.

July 31, 2016 06:22 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: Ready to come off disabled list, activation date to be decided
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings (hamstring) is ready to come off the disabled list, but may not be activated until after the trade deadline, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Rays are still not done making moves before the August 1 trade deadline, so they'll likely wait to activate Jennings and use up that 25-man roster spot until after they know where they stand. Jennings played all nine innings and homered in a rehab game Saturday at High-a Charlotte, so he looks as ready as he could be to return from the hamstring injury that has had him sidelined since June 30.

July 31, 2016 11:54 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: Turns in encouraging rehab appearance Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings (hamstring) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and stolen base for High-A Charlotte on Saturday against Brevard County.

It was a favorable outcome for the rehabbing outfielder on multiple fronts, starting with the fact that it marked the third consecutive night he was able to take the field without setbacks. Jennings also tested out his hamstring with favorable results on his stolen base and went deep for the first time in four games for the Stone Crabs. With Jennings having played all nine innings without any issue Saturday, a return to the big league club may very well come in the early part of the week.

July 30, 2016 07:44 PM
Rays' Desmond Jennings: Struggling in rehab appearances for High-A Charlotte
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jennings (hamstring), who was scratched from Wednesday's game due to a stiff neck, has gone 1-for-6 with a walk and a run for High-A Charlotte over two subsequent contests.

The rehabbing outfielder has hit just .200 overall in the three games he's participated in with the Stone Crabs. However, he's suffered no reported setbacks with his hamstring, and his return to the big league club could therefore be imminent, especially with Oswaldo Arcia's placement on the DL on Friday with an elbow injury.

Minor League Batting Stats
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2010AAA-Durham Bulls109399821112563364767374.278.362.394
2011AAA-Durham Bulls89338689319312394578171.275.374.456
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2015AAA-Durham Bulls7212320004500.143.280.238
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