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Pirates designate Willy Garcia for assignment

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Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Bill Brink, the Pirates cleared a roster spot for the newly re-signed Ivan Nova on Saturday, designating outfielder and top prospect Willy Garcia for assignment.

Garcia, 24, was ranked 15th-best in the Pirates’ system during MLB.com’s 2016 midseason rankings. He slashed .245/.293/.366 with six home runs in his first full season with Triple-A Indianapolis. The power potential that kept Garcia on the cusp of his first major league assignment seemed to fade from 2015 to 2016, however, though his strong arm in right field could garner interest from another club before the offseason is up.

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.