District Daily: Purke signs Minor League deal, Renda provides Nationals a sparkplug infielder


Mar 1, 2014; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher

Matt Purke

(50) pitches during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Purke signs Minor League deal

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals signed left-hander Matt Purke to a Minor League contract on Monday, with an invitation to Spring Training. The move comes four days after Purke was released and taken off the 40-man roster.

A third-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Purke was released because the team felt he would not make an impact on the Major League squad in 2015. Read full article here.

Renda provides Nationals a sparkplug infielder

(Bernie Pleskoff, MLB.com)

Washington Nationals second-base prospect Tony Renda has always been able to hit. That’s why, in my opinion, his batting average that hovered around .200 playing in the Arizona Fall League is more an outlier than a true indication of his offensive value and ability. I saw Renda play several games at second base for the Mesa Solar Sox, and it’s easy to see why he started in the AFL Fall Stars Game. So far this fall, he’s hit into some bad luck.

The right-handed-hitting Renda is a sparkplug-type player. He brings energy and a total sense of commitment to his game. At 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, Renda is a potential top-of-the-order table setter. Read full article here.