After splitting time in 2013 with the Nationals and Phillies, outfielder Roger Bernadina will now join the Cincinnati Reds. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com first reported the news and says the minor league deal includes an invite to spring training.
#reds signed OF Roger Bernadina to minor lg contract, invited him to big lg camp— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) January 31, 2014
Bernadina will have to compete for a roster spot, but his prospects are decent. The Reds let Shin-Soo Choo walk this offseason and will slot Billy Hamilton in his place in center field. Behind Hamilton, however, there could be some room.
Bernadina played his first six seasons in Washington after joining the organization as an international free agent with the then-Expos. He spent 13 total years with the franchise, compiling a .243 average, 25 home runs and 56 stolen bases over 468 major league games.
The veteran outfielder, affectionately known as 'The Shark,' was released by the Nationals on Aug. 19 of last season and quickly found a landing spot in Philadelphia. There he hit .187 over 27 games.