Rockies backing away from Yorvit Torrealba over $400,000?

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Reports last week had the Rockies offering Yorvit Torrealba a two-year, $5.6 million deal to re-sign while the veteran catcher asked for a total of $6 million. At the time I commented that “only $400,000 stands in the way of a seemingly inevitable agreement,” but the two sides look increasingly unlikely to bridge that relatively small gap.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that “the Rockies are close to closing the door on Torrealba” and general manager Dan O’Dowd indicated that the team may instead turn its attention to fellow free agent catcher Miguel Olivo.
It always seemed odd to me that the Rockies were willing to spend that much on a backup catcher given the $8.3 million deal they just gave to Chris Iannetta, so perhaps O’Dowd realized that the team has more pressing needs to address and can save some money by going after Olivo or a similar veteran backup over the familiar but ultimately mediocre Torrealba. Or maybe they just really need the $400,000.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.