Pirates Will Sign Jo-Jo Reyes

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 31: Jo-Jo Reyes #45 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 31, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Pirates will sign pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor-league deal.

This isn't a bad idea; Reyes isn't old, and he's posted fairly good minor-league numbers. He doesn't throw particularly hard, but he's not a complete junkballer either, and he's a lefty. He soaked up a bunch of innings last year - not particularly well, but he did a better job than his 5.57 ERA indicated, with an xFIP about a run lower. As things stand, he arguably should get a shot at a big-league job this year, although that's an indictment of the Bucs' rotation more than anything else. He probably would have been better served to go to a team that needed more bullpen help, but the Pirates have decent depth there. Still, he might get a shot at a bullpen job out of Spring Training - it would be easy to see the Bucs taking him north instead of someone like Tony Watson.

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