The Washington Nationals made yet another filler move, signing veteran shortstop Alex Cintron to a minor league contract..
Cintron, 32, last appeared in the big leagues in 2009 with Washington. He spent last year playing in the Mets farm system, appearing in 20 games with Triple-A Buffalo.
This move was purely an insurance policy, which is shown by the fact that he wasn’t even invited to major league camp.
Cintron broke into the league in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and had decent success but his ability rapidly declined. The team is fully committed to giving young second baseman Danny Espinosa the chance to succeed in Spring Training and early into the season. It is seemingly Espinosa’s job to lose.
The team also wants to build up chemistry between Espinosa and shortstop Ian Desmond, in the hopes that the two can form a double play duo up the middle for years to come. While the Nats aren’t sold in the viability of these two, they have already added Jerry Hariston Jr. and Alex Cora to back them up at the Major League level.