Cardinals sign D.Reyes
For the second consecutive year, the
Cardinals have addressed a need after the start of Spring Training. St. Louis
signed Dennys Reyes to a two-year contract on Thursday, adding left-handed
depth to its bullpen and likely ending a wide-open race for the second
left-handed spot in the relief corps.
“Every time that we’ve seen him, especially as a
specialist, he’s made left-handers look silly,” manager Tony La Russa
said. “And he can pitch to right-handers. I didn’t see him last year, but
the reports we had are good.”
Reyes, 31, will pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball
Classic and will not report to Cardinals camp until the Mexican team is
eliminated from the tournament. Mexico begins play on Sunday against Australia
in Mexico City.
Over a 12-year Major League career, Reyes has done just about
everything, from making 40 starts to collecting two saves. Recently, though,
he’s been a specialist. He made 75 appearances for Minnesota in 2008 but
pitched just 46 1/3 innings, posting a 2.33 ERA with 39 strikeouts, 15 walks
and four home runs. Left-handers hit .202 against him with a .250 on-base
percentage and a .287 slugging percentage.
For his career, Reyes has a 32-32 record and 4.28 ERA in 535
appearances. He has recorded 583 strikeouts and 356 walks in 646 innings.
Left-handers have a composite line of .237/.330/.340 against him over the
course of his career.