Just recently, former Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth made it known he still wants to play and continue his baseball career, and now he's getting that opportunity.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners signed Werth to a minor league deal.
Mariners are bringing in veteran OF Jayson Werth on a minor league deal. Werth is going to be in Peoria in the next few days. He'll stay in extended for a while to get in shape before joining Class AAA Tacoma— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 27, 2018
Since the 38-year-old didn't go through spring training and workouts, he'll report to the Mariners' extended spring training facility to get back into baseball shape. Once he does that, Werth will join Seattle's Triple-A squad in Tacoma.
Mariners To Sign Jayson Werth https://t.co/CplQgLaZOv— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) March 27, 2018
The 2014 season was the last time Werth was better than a league average hitter, posting an OPS+ under 100 in each of the last three seasons. However, he's been an on-base machine with some power over the course of his career, so this is nice risk for the Mariners to take, especially since they lack outfield depth.
Werth isn't much of a defender at this stage of his career, so if he did work his way to the big leagues he'd probably see time as a designated hitter.
No matter the case, Werth is a respected player and lauded for his clubhouse presence. This could be a nice addition to the Mariners if the grizzled veteran can show he has something left.