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Desmond Jennings | Outfielder | #27

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/30/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Itawamba (MS) CC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 10 (0) / TB
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Desmond Jennings is dealing with some stiffness in his right hip flexor.
Jennings insisted it was no big deal, saying he could have played Friday had he been scheduled to. He has a good shot at a bench spot if healthy, although he hasn't helped himself with a .206/.310/.382 line this spring. Mar 24 - 12:01 PM

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Desmond Jennings is dealing with a family matter and won't report to Reds camp until Sunday.

Getting a couple days' late start isn't going to affect Jennings' chances at an Opening Day roster spot. He has a good shot at a bench job in Cincy.
Feb 17 - 11:22 AM

Reds signed OF Desmond Jennings to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The signing was rumored last week but is now official. Jennings has suffered through multiple injuries the last two seasons. He batted just .200/.281/.350 with seven home runs in 65 games for the Rays last year. Jennings was an elite prospect in his younger days but never lived up to expectations. Now 30 years old, Jennings will try to latch on to the big league club as a part-time outfielder. Reds' beat reporter Zach Buchanan reports Jennings will draw a $1.5 million salary if he makes the team, and can earn an extra $1 million if he reaches certain thresholds in games played.
Feb 9 - 5:06 PM

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds' agreement with Desmond Jennings is expected to be a minor league deal.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation is reporting that the two sides are close to a deal. Jennings has never panned out as hoped and has missed much of the last two seasons due to injury, but he owns a .778 OPS against lefties in his career and could win a spot as a platoon player if he looks healthy in the spring.
Feb 2 - 7:08 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Reds are close to a deal with free agent outfielder Desmond Jennings.

No word on the exact terms involved. There's been very little chatter about Jennings this winter after being limited to just 92 games over the past two seasons due to injury. He also owns a lowly .676 OPS (91 OPS+) dating back to the start of the 2014 season. Still, he's only 30 years old and makes sense as a buy-low. He could at least find himself in a part-time role if things break right.
Feb 2 - 6:18 PM

Free agent outfielder Desmond Jennings is reportedly close to finding a new team.

It's been a very quiet winter for Jennings, who missed large swaths of the 2015-2016 seasons due to leg injuries. He was released by the Rays last August and still remains without a home here in early February, but that will apparently change soon. "DJ is healthy and could be signing with a team by the end of the week," said Mike Fiore, VP of The Boras Corporation, which represents Jennings. "He wants to play and is looking forward to having a good year." Jennings is only 30 years old. It's probably worth the gamble on a low-base-salary one-year deal.
Feb 2 - 10:53 AM

One National League scout told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that free agent Desmond Jennings is still "worth the gamble."

Jennings has been met by crickets on the open market following another injury-plagued season in 2016. "He’s only 30 and if he’s OK physically, which I’m told he is, this could be a find for a team," said the scout. "You can probably get him on a minor league deal, get him to camp, and see what happens." Jennings offered an intriguing speed/power combo early in his career but injuries and ineffectiveness have limited him to just 93 appearances over the last two seasons.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 7 - 6:45 PM

Mike Fiore, the agent for Desmond Jennings, told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that his client is currently "unable to play due to his knee injury."

Jennings was placed on the disabled list August 3 and officially released by the Rays on August 28, before being activated. "If the knee gets strong enough to play then I believe he will have interest from several teams," Fiore said. "So we shall see what the future holds." The 29-year-old outfielder was batting just .200/.281/.350 with seven home runs and two stolen bases in 65 games this season with the Rays. He could just wait until the winter to go searching for a new organization.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 08:54:00 AM

Rays released OF Desmond Jennings.

Jennings was placed on release waivers Sunday and is now officially a free agent. The 29-year-old outfielder batted just .200/.281/.350 with seven home runs and two stolen bases in 65 games this season with Tampa Bay, but he should be able to latch on with a new organization rather quickly because of his past success.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 09:23:00 PM

The Rays have placed Desmond Jennings on release waivers.

He'll officially become a free agent on Monday, assuming he clears waivers (which will surely happen given his $3.3 million salary). It ends a seven-year run with the Rays that included many highs and lows. There were definitely more lows with Jennings of late, as he's batted just .222/.295/.347 since the beginning of 2015 while being limited to 93 games because of injury. Some team will give him a shot, but Jennings will turn 30 in October and hasn't been a very good player for a while.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays plan on releasing Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

Once considered one of the most promising young outfielders in the game, the 29-year-old has battled injuries and poor performance for much of the past three seasons. In 65 games this year, Jennings hit just .200/.281/.350 with seven homers, 20 RBI and a 58/21 K/BB ratio in 225 plate appearances. Still, he's only 29-years-old and there should be plenty of clubs willing to take a chance on him.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 06:26:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (knee) played catch and took dry swings on Tuesday.

But he still hasn't been cleared for running and Rays manager Kevin Cash couldn't put a date on when that might happen. Jennings was placed on the disabled list August 6, retroactive to August 3, with a left knee contusion. He probably won't be back until September at this rate.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a left knee contusion.

Jennings was just activated from the disabled list on August 1 after missing time with a hamstring injury. Mikie Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the active roster. Look for him to return in late August.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 02:35:00 PM

Rays activated OF Desmond Jennings from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll take the roster spot left vacant by Monday's Brandon Guyer trade. Jennings wound up missing a full month with a left hamstring strain. He returns Monday to a brutal .202/.286/.352 season slash line.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what should have been his second rehab game Wednesday due to a stiff neck.

The hope is that he can play Thursday night and remain on track to rejoin the Rays early next week. Jennings, out since July 1 with a left hamstring strain, went 1-for-4 in his rehab debut Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 08:05:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Stuart Turner
4Shawn Zarraga
5Rob Brantly
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Jose Peraza
2Tony Renda
3Hernan Iribarren
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Patrick Kivlehan
3Zach Walters
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Arismendy Alcantara
RF1Scott Schebler
2Desmond Jennings
3Ryan Raburn
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Brandon Finnegan
4Cody Reed
5Scott Feldman
6Tim Adleman
7Bronson Arroyo
8Robert Stephenson
9Barrett Astin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Drew Storen
4Tony Cingrani
5Blake Wood
6Wandy Peralta
7Austin Brice
8Ariel Hernandez
9Nefi Ogando
10Louis Coleman
11Lucas Luetge