The Angels have signed Bud Norris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Norris . . . has not had a good go of it in recent years. He posted an ERA of 5.10 last season in 19 starts and 16 relief appearances for the Braves and Dodgers last year. In 2015 he posted a 6.72 ERA with the Orioles and Padres. I suppose if you win 15 games in the bigs like Norris did in 2014 you’re gonna continue to get looks even after it appears you’re toast, however.
The Angels have been hurting for healthy pitching for some time, but one questions if they’ve been hurting this much. Still, it’s a minor league deal and those don’t cost a thing. Someone’s gotta throw the split squad game on the road when the Angels play the Rangers in Surprise.
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.