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Angels, Andrew Heaney avoid arbitration

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Angels and pitcher Andrew Heaney have avoided arbitration, agreeing on an $800,000 salary with performance bonuses for the 2018 season. Heaney was eligible for arbitration for the first of four years.

Heaney, 26, made his season debut in mid-August after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He struggled in five starts, yielding 17 runs in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty went back on the disabled list in September with a shoulder impingement.

Assuming he can stay healthy, Heaney is expected to battle for a rotation spot in spring training.

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.