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Braves release Adonis Garcia, allowing him to sign with Korean team

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The Braves announced they have released third baseman Adonis Garcia. Garcia was reported in late December to have a deal in place with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization. This move allows him to pursue it. He likely requested the release.

Garcia, who turns 33 in April, has played for the Atlanta Braves for the past three seasons, where he has hit .267/.300/.414 with 29 homers in 944 plate appearances. He spent most of 2016 as the Braves starting third baseman but missed much of 2017 with ligament damage in his left hand. He is a poor defensive third baseman and can’t really play anywhere else. Between that and the fact that he is nearly 33 years-old, he clearly was not in the Braves’ future plans, so it’s not surprising that they let him go.

Good luck in Korea, Adonis.

 

 

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.