According to the Associated Press, new Cardinals reliever Dennys Reyes will get $3 million over the next two seasons with an opportunity to earn another $500,000 in performance incentives.
I'm not sure what caused the Cardinals to change their minds and sign a decent player to a contract that was for more than a single season. But I sure am glad to see it. Decent relief pitchers were getting $4 million a year or more a couple of seasons ago. Regardless of the economy, it was a no brainer to sign proven veteran who is apparently in good health to a deal that will give a young bullpen some stability for two years. I only wish that the Redbirds would have taken advantage of the weak market to get an actual infielder to play second base. When Mike Shannon is on the radio criticizing the offense and defense of Colby Rasmus, it makes you wonder if the team might wish on April 6 that Skip Schumaker was available to play in the outfield.
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Reyes is currently pitching for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. On Thursday, he appeared for an inning against Colorado and allowed no runs although he walked three and gave up a hit. He also had a strikeout.
Over the last three seasons with Minnesota, Reyes was 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in a career-high 75 games last season, the most by a lefty in the AL. Left-handed batters hit .202 against him, and opponents overall just .235.