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Jorge Rondon signs one-year deal with Chunichi Dragons

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Not a month after signing right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon to a minor league deal, the White Sox released the righty to pursue a one-year contract with the Chunichi Dragons of NPB, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. The signing was confirmed by the Dragons on Friday. Left-handers Jordan Norberto and Elvis Araujo have also signed with the club, reports The Japan Times.

Rondon appeared briefly for the Pirates in 2016, getting a midseason call-up and pitching through just 3 2/3 innings before returning to Triple-A Indianapolis to finish out the year. He recorded a 2.67 ERA and 12 saves through 57 1/3 innings in Indianapolis.

Per The Japan Times, the 28-year-old will receive ¥50 million (approximately $427,000), with incentives and signing fees of ¥20 million. The Dragons will utilize both Rondon and Araujo in the bullpen for the 2017 season.

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.