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Nationals sign Edwin Jackson to a minor league deal

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Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have signed veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson to a minor league deal. He notes that Jackson will earn $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster and can earn an additional $1.4 million in incentives.

Jackson, 34, spent last season with the Orioles and Nationals. In 76 total innings, he posted a 5.21 ERA with a 60/29 K/BB ratio. His last two seasons, pitching mostly as a starter, have been abysmal. He had success in 2015 with the Cubs and Braves pitching out of the bullpen. For now, though, Jackson will operate as rotation depth.

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.