Looking for more infield depth as the prepare for 2016 spring training, the Nationals have signed veteran Brendan Ryan to a minor league contract. Ryan also gets an invitation to MLB spring training.
Ryan, who turns 34 in March, is a nine-year MLB vet who last played with the New York Yankees. He has not been an everyday starting MLB player since 2012, having also spent time with the Mariners and Cardinals.
Ryan appeared in 47 games with New York in 2015, posting a .229/.275/.333 slash-line with 10 runs and six doubles in 96 at-bats. He holds a .234 career average in 879 total MLB games.
Ryan has never been much of a threat on offense, but has long been known as an above average defensive player. From 2009 through 2011 and in 2013 he placed in the top three among shortstops in the league in range factor. In 2009 he led the NL in defensive WAR and did the same in the AL in 2012.
Ryan was in his 20s when he was setting those marks, but he still brings plus-defense and the ability to play all four infield positions.