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Phillies keeping mum on cancellation of Dennys Reyes deal

Dec 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

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Like us, you’re probably trying to figure out why exactly the Phillies cut off their one-year, $1.1 million deal with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on Friday afternoon.

We may never know the truth.

Whether Reyes failed part of his physical (which is highly possible given his weight and conditioning issues) or whether the Phillies simply backtracked from the offer after signing Cliff Lee to a mega-deal, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock isn’t saying anything and Reyes’ representatives have not weighed in either.

But you can probably read through the lines here…

“We were not able to finish it off,” Proefrock said Friday.  “We were not able to finish it off, and that’s all I’m going to say.” 

Proefrock was responding to a question about Reyes’ pre-signing physical when he gave those comments.
This is all based on guess work, but it feels like he may be protecting the hefty lefty, who is sure to look for offers elsewhere and sure to find at least one team willing to take a chance.
  1. flyerscup2010 - Dec 18, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    …this team employed antonio alfonseca at one point. reyes is in better shape than alfonseca ever was.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 20, 2010 at 12:39 PM

      And John Kruk…and Joe “Country Buffet” Blanton…

  2. macjacmccoy - Dec 19, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    Well like you said if you read between the lines it seems more likely that it was bc of Reyes and not the Cliff Lee signing that made the Phillies pull there offer.

    People have been speculating that it was Reyes weight and health that made the deal fall through, because of that if it wasnt true Reyes representatives would have denied that right away bc it would hurt his chances of signing with a new team. The fact that they didnt come out and deny itmakes you believe that theres some truth to it .

    If it was because of the Cliff Lee signing Reyes people would have just said it. No one would have thought less of him bc of it and it wouldnt have hurt his value. While on the other hand lettng the rumors go would have certainly hurt his value.

    So the fact that there not saying anything pretty much confirms all the speculation that it was his health that caused the deal to fall through. Either that or his agent, publicists etc. are idiots and dont realise if it was just the Cliff Lee thing that keeping there mouth shut is hurting there client .

  3. Utley's Hair - Dec 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    “We were not able to finish it off,” Proefrock said Friday. “We were not able to finish it off, and that’s all I’m going to say.”

    HE was able to finish of a side of beef, but…

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