Bruce Chen wants a multi-year deal

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Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that  Royals pitcher  Bruce Chen said he is looking for a multi-year contract this winter. Which will make him a former Royals pitcher because Kansas City isn’t going to give him such a deal.

Not a bad bounce back year for Chen, who went 12-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 games.  But any team looking to sign him should beware: his walk rate and strikeout rates were basically the same as they were during his truly awful previous few seasons.  He did allow a couple fewer hits a game in 2010, but that stuff can fluctuate.  Really, the best you can reasonably hope from Chen is generally competent long-man/swingman work, and that’s just not the sort of thing anyone should be shelling out multiple years for.

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.