Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have begun preliminary talks with starter Chris Tillman‘s representatives concerning a contract extension.
The 28-year-old is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Tillman to earn $10.6 million for the 2017 season, after which he can become a free agent.
Tillman finished the 2016 season with a 16-6 record, a 3.77 ERA, and a 140/66 K/BB ratio in 172 innings. Aside from a poor 2015, Tillman has been a quality starter for the Orioles over the past several years. However, the Orioles will also at some point have to think about extensions for outfielder Adam Jones, third baseman Manny Machado, and closer Zach Britton as well.
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.