Report: A.J. Hinch to join Padres' scouting department

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According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, the Padres are close to hiring former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to be their director of scouting. This confirms a report by Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse earlier this week.

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t call the hiring official, but Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall confirmed to Bloom that the team is working with MLB and the Padres to
determine the financial details of the agreement. Hinch, who was fired as manager of the Diamondbacks in July, is still owed $1.3 million over the next two years.

If hired, Hinch will be reunited with CEO Jeff Moorad, the former Diamondbacks president and general partner. Interestingly enough, in the search for their next general manager, the Diamondbacks reportedly have interest in former Padres general manager Kevin Towers. In summary, all this executive swapping is making me feel icky.

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.