Will Rhymes signs minor league deal
Nothing fancy. Just a name we'll see in spring training to provide infield depth.
The Nationals signed infielder Will Rhymes, formerly of the Detroit Tigers and recently of the Tampa Bay Rays, to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Rhymes, 29, a Texas native who played in college at William & Mary, hit .228/.299/.285 in 137 plate appearances over 47 games for the Rays this season, and .256/.326/.390 in 46 games for the Rays’ Class AAA affiliate in Durham. The Rays designed him for assignment in September and he elected for free agency. Rhymes was drafted in the 27th round in 2005 by the Tigers, spent five years in their minor league system before debuting in 2010. He played 83 games over two seasons for them; his best in 2010 when he hit .304/.350/.414 in 54 games for Detroit.
Nationals sign Dominican 3B prospect Neivy Pilier
Neivy Pilier, a 16-year-old third baseman from the Dominican Republic, has signed with the Nationals for $225,000.
At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Pilier has a quick bat with lift and occasional power in his righthanded swing, though he's at his best when he stays with a line-drive approach and uses the middle of the field. He has a strong arm that fits well at third base, though with his youth and size he's still trying to improve his footwork. Pilier didn't turn 16 until Aug. 1, so he was one of the younger players among those who became eligible to sign this year.
Pilier is from Santo Domingo, played in the Dominican Prospect League and trained with Christian Batista, who is known in the Dominican Republic as "Niche."