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Report: Royals could be interested in Pedro Alvarez

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The Royals could give the Orioles some competition for free agent Pedro Alvarez‘s services in 2017, per a report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. While the infielder/DH is still in talks with Baltimore, Cafardo doesn’t see the club making a push to re-sign the veteran slugger until late in the offseason. Whether or not they pursue Alvarez hinges somewhat on fellow former Oriole Mark Trumbo, who has yet to settle on a landing spot for the upcoming season.

Alvarez maintained a .249/.322/.504 batting line in 2016, hitting 22 home runs and a career-best .826 OPS in 376 PA with the Orioles. He’s attracted interest around the AL East, with both the Rays and Red Sox linked to the 29-year-old, though nothing serious appears to have materialized just yet. He could fit well within the Royals’ lineup, which has a gaping hole at DH since Kendrys Morales took a three-year, $33 million deal with the Blue Jays last month.

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.