Cardinals Sign Reliever Dennys Reyes
We're getting deeper into spring training, and we're getting lighter on the number of left-handed relievers on the market. According to Buster Olney of ESPN and the Associated Press, the Cardinals reached an agreement with free agent lefty-specialist Dennys Reyes to a two-year, $3 million deal.
Because Reyes was a Type B free agent, the Twins will receive a supplemental draft pick for losing him.
At one point, Reyes was holding out for a deal identical to the one landed by new Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt, who landed a two-year, $8 million deal at the onset of free agency. Reyes didn't get that, but he did get a two-year deal, a factor which he cited as being a difference maker in his negotiations earlier this winter.
Reyes was one of the best left-handed specialists in the big leagues last year if you go by statistics. Pitching in a career-high 75 games for the Twins, Reyes held left-handed hitters to a .202 average and all batters to a total of .235 average. His ERA was 2.33.
Reyes deal leaves just Will Ohman and Joe Beimel as established left-handed arms out of the bullpen. It'll be interesting to see who makes a run at those two guys as spring training ticks away.
Thoughts? Good deal for the Cardinals, or is a second-year for Reyes too much of a guarantee in the current economy?
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