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Jo-Jo Reyes released by Angels, signing with Korean team

Jan 16, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Jo-Jo Reyes signed a minor-league contract with the Angels in November, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that they’ve agreed to release the left-hander so he can sign with a Korean League team.

Reyes was a long shot to win a spot on the Angels’ staff after not pitching in the majors at all last season. He was once a solid prospect coming up through the Braves’ farm system, but Reyes is now 28 years old with a 6.05 ERA in 335 career innings.

He spent last year in the Pirates’ organization, throwing 54 innings with a 2.67 ERA and 43/13 K/BB ratio at Triple-A.

  1. digbysellers - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Guess it’s time to go-go to Korea.

  2. natsattack - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Maybe there he can win a game.

  3. humanexcrement - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    What level is Korea on? The best I can come up with is that it’s somewhere between AA and AAA, which is slightly below Japan and DR, which are somewhere between AAA and major league. The difference is, and it seems like more and more players are realizing it–is that you often face a choice of a non-roster invite for 500k in the majors or 2 million in Japan or Korea…ah, decisions…

  4. jwbiii - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    In a related move, the SK Wyverns released Doug Slaten for personal reasons, so toss another LOOGY on the pile.

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