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It’s the Ryan Howard Garden Gnome.  You know you want one. And as soon as you get one, be prepared to be the target of a righteous liberation army.

In other barely-passable Phillies news, Jayson Werth apparently shaved his beard after last night’s game.  We’ll see it the next time he takes the field, but know that before today he looked like this.  Before he had his beard he looked like this.  Methinks the shave was a bad move.

OK, now might be the time to acknowledge that it may be a slow news day in the baseball world. Bring on the day games.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.