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Report: Ernesto Frieri to sign with Yankees “hopefully tomorrow”

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Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that free agent reliever Ernesto Frieri worked out for the Yankees on Wednesday. The two sides are working on a contract that will be consummated “hopefully tomorrow,” Frieri said.

Frieri, 31, last pitched in the majors in 2015 with the Rays, finishing with a 4.63 ERA and a 19/11 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings. The Rays designated him for assignment in June, then sent him down to Triple-A Durham when he cleared waivers. Frieri was with the Phillies last spring, but was released right before the start of the 2016 regular season.

Frieri’s contract with the Yankees is like to be of the minor league variety, so it will be a very low-risk investment for the team.

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.