Rays, Jennings reportedly avoid arbitration

Rays, Jennings reportedly avoid arbitration

When healthy, Desmond Jennings provides a big boost to the Rays. But before taking the field for Spring Training, the 29-year-old outfielder and the club took care of business, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Jennings reportedly accepted a $3.3 million offer from the club to avoid arbitration. The deal was reached prior to Friday's 1 p.m. ET arbitration salary exchange deadline.

A left knee injury limited Jennings to just 28 games in 2015. In limited action, he batted .268 with one home run, seven RBIs and five stolen bases.

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Jennings is second-year arbitration-eligible, and he is expected to qualify for free agency in 2018.

Since joining Tampa Bay in 2010, Jennings is a .249/.327/.398 hitter with 48 home runs, 171 RBIs and 93 stolen bases.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.