The Mariners announced on Tuesday that reliever Tom Wilhelmsen has been placed on waivers for the purpose of releasing him.
Wilhelmsen, 32, returned to the Mariners for a second time in June after opening the 2016 season with the Rangers. In 46 1/3 innings between both teams, the right-hander put up a disappointing 6.80 ERA and a 28/19 K/BB ratio.
Wilhelmsen saved 43 games in 2012-13 for the Mariners, but his ability to miss bats nosedived this past season and he has never been a maven of control.
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.