Mark Teixeira to make his spring debut next week

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There have been multiple reports of Mark Texeiria being “stiff” or maybe being behind schedule. But we’ll know soon enough:

 

Teixeira’s effectiveness may be one of the more important things for the Yankees this year. If he hits even close to the way he used to, the Yankees are a strong contender. If he doesn’t or if he misses a lot of time, there’s a lot more pressure.

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.