Quote of the Day: Ivan Nova feels closer to Mark Teixeira

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Out of context, this quote is tender and sweet. Like, I picture Teixeira riding on the handlebars of Nova’s bike and then them having a picnic:

“I saw Teix today in a way that I could have never imagined,” pitcher Ivan Nova said. “You should have seen him. I couldn’t stop smiling. It made me think about how we come from so many different places to become teammates and friends.”

Turns out he’s merely referring to the Yankees’ team building exercise yesterday in which Joe Girardi took them all to an improv/comedy club where they did skits and improv activities.  No word on whether or not they did “ASSSSCAT.”

Each year Girardi does this. A couple of years ago it was paintball. Next year they’ll be doing something slightly different: a hunting trip.  Where they will hunt the most dangerous prey of them all … man.

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.