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The Phillies sign reliever Dennys Reyes

Dec 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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Lost in all of the big Melky Cabrera (and Carl Crawford) news last night was word that the Phillies signed lefty Dennys Reyes to a one-year deal.  It’s for $1.1 million with a $1.35 million option for 2012. More important: this deal fills the Phillies’ roster spot dedicated to relief pitchers with a troublesome and awkward “y” in their name.

For a lefty, Reyes struggled against left-handers in 2010, which makes him more of a standard middle relief guy than a lefty specialist.  Charlie Manuel has done a pretty good job managing a bullpen that, at times, has been less-than-ideal, however, so I’m guessing he’ll deploy Reyes where he’s most likely to succeed.
  1. Brian - Dec 9, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    hoo boy, when’s the obligatory eating contest between Reyes and Big Joe B?

  2. Jonny 5 - Dec 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    This guy looks nothing like Pedro Felicano. I don’t understand. Why is he in a Cards uniform?? Pedro was a Met… Oh, damn. That’s not Pedro…Is it? Oh well….. This guy does make Big Joe look quite fit and trim though.

  3. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Reyes was very good in 2009 (75 games, 41 innings) as lefthanded specialist. In 2010 (59 games, 38 innings) he had to pitch longer stretches as the Cardinals were short two starting pitchers for most of the season. If Charlie uses him right, it could be a great signing for the Phillies.

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