The Reds and Dusty Baker are talking about a contract extension

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We heard that they’d be discussing it after the deadline. It’s now after the deadline. They’re now discussing it, with Baker telling MLB.com that he’s “been approached in the last couple days,” and that “there are some things starting.”

As was the case with Ron Washington, it’s all about winning. If the Reds weren’t in it this year I suspect that there would have been a 98.9% chance that Baker would be gone, if for no other reason than he makes a lot of money for a manager, and the Reds tend not to like paying a lot of money to their managers.  But when you’re in the playoff hunt all year as the Reds have been, that changes things.

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.