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The Washington Nationals have signed Jesse Winker, a former standout hitter for the Cincinnati Reds, to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
Winker, 30, is not too far removed from being one of the better hitters in the league but he's fallen on hard times recently as injuries have seemingly held him back.
During his time with the Reds, Winker had an impressive .288/.385/.504 slash line and a wRC+ of 132, making him one of the top hitters in the league.
With the Reds from 2017 to 2021, he walked in 12% of his plate appearances while only going down on strikes 16.5% of the time. His .288/.385/.504 slash line in that time translates to a wRC+ of 132, indicating he was 32% better than league average in that five-year stretch.