Joe Maddon’s contract extension is official. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times got a reaction from David Price about it:
“Joe is a players’ manager and I love playing for him. I’m happy he got an extension. My turn.”
Probably is, what with Price being on the arbitration train. He’s due $4.35 million this year, and if the Rays don’t lock him up long term, he’s going to get hella expensive in arbitration pretty quickly.
Of course, given how team-friendly the Rays’ extensions of their young players have been thus far (Longoria, 6yrs, , Price may want to be careful of what he wishes for.
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.