As their pitchers and catchers streamed into West Palm Beach, Fla., ahead of their official report date today, the Washington Nationals made a significant addition to their bench by agreeing to terms with power-hitting lefty Adam Lind, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The deal, the terms of which were not immediately available, will become official once Lind passes a physical. If he passes, he will become the fourth outfielder and backup first baseman, likely bumping similar big lefty bat Clint Robinson from the Opening Day bench.
While Robinson provided outfield depth and an everyday-ready backup to Ryan Zimmerman at first base for the past two seasons, he fared far better in 2015 than he did in 2016. Lind, on the other hand, has had six 20-homer seasons — including three of the past four — and hit 20 home runs in 126 games for Seattle last year.
Lind, 33, is a veteran of 11 major league seasons, the first nine of which he spent in Toronto. He jumped to the Brewers in 2015 and the Mariners in 2016. He is a career .271 hitter, and though his average fell to .239 last season, he struck out in just 20.7 percent of his at-bats.
—Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
Arena Football League
Brigade sign former ECU star QB Carden
The Baltimore Brigade announced Monday that they have signed quarterback Shane Carden ahead of their inaugural Arena Football League season. Carden was named Most Valuable Player of Conference USA in 2013 after he set an East Carolina record for career passing yards (4,139) and touchdowns (33). The following year, he passed for 4,736 yards and was honored as the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. After not being taken in the 2015 draft, the 6-foot-2 Carden was signed and released by the Chicago Bears. Last year, he played for the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. "We are excited to have a player of Shane's caliber on our team," coach Omarr Smith in a release. "He put up jaw-dropping numbers in college, has proven he can make all of the necessary throws and is a playmaker. I am looking forward to seeing him pick up the arena game."
Goalkeeper Jones commits to UMBC for 2018 season
Soccer standout Quantrell Jones, a former Kenwood player who is a member of the United States under-17 men's national team, has made a verbal commitment to UMBC for the 2018 season. The star goalkeeper, who turned 17 on Jan. 16, left Kenwood as a sophomore last spring and has been part of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. He was recently named to the 32-player roster to return for the upcoming spring semester in the program. Jones has played with the Baltimore Celtic club since 2013.
More baseball: Former Orioles left-hander Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training. In 63 major league games (29 starts) with the Orioles (2006-2008), Philadelphia Phillies (2015) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2016), Loewen is 10-8 with a 5.85 ERA. He also spent time as an outfielder from 2009-2014, including 14 games in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. Loewen is set to pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
Women's college basketball: Vanessa Neal scored a career-high 21 points and Genesis Lucas added 19 to lead host Coppin State (6-18, 6-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to a 77-64 win over the Hornets (3-23, 2-11). ... Tykyrah Williams hit two free throws with 0.4 of a second remaining to lift visiting Morgan State (5-19, 3-8 MEAC) to a 73-72 win over Howard (11-12, 7-4). ... Ashlee White scored 19 points but Mount St. Mary's (9-16 7-7 Northeast Conference) had their four-game winning streak ended in a 70-58 loss to Robert Morris (16-9, 11-3). ... Mariah McCoy was the UMES player in double-figures with 10 points in the Hawks' 61-33 loss to visiting Bethune-Cookman (14-9, 10-1 MEAC). Ashanti Hunt scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats (9-13, 3-8). UMES shot just shot 23 percent from the field, including 2-for-21 from 3-point range. ... Maryland senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was named Big Ten Player of the Week.
Women's college volleyball: Maryland announced the addition of setter Samantha Snyder to the roster. Snyder spent her first season at American in 2016 and will have three years of eligibility remaining. She enrolled at Maryland for the spring semester. While at American, Snyder played in 104 sets as the Eagles won the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles and competed in the NCAA tournament. Playing as primarily a serving specialist, she served 27 aces while adding 34 digs and 22 assists.
Women's college cross country: Johns Hopkins was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Scholar Team of the Year for the fourth time in five years.
College baseball: Coppin State was picked to finish third in the four-team Northern Division in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coaches preseason poll, behind Norfolk State and Delaware State. … Stevenson was picked in the MAC Commonwealth coaches preseason poll to finish fourth behind Alvernia and Widener, who tied for first, and Messiah. Hood was selected sixth in the eight-team league.