Dennys 'Don't Call Me Danys' Reyes, 33, went 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA and a 25/21 K/BB in 38 innings (59 games) for the Cardinals last season, a nearly identical workload as J.C. Romero, with fewer strikeouts, but also fewer walks [Link]
Beerleaguer: Chances are that Dennys Reyes would be no worse than OK. He earned $2 million from the Cardinals last season, part of a two-year, $3 million commitment. Statistically, it was his worst and shortest season in three years as he missed a month with a mildly strained elbow. Add to it the fact that lefties hit .307/.409/.453 off him and the Phillies would be wise to offer pennies on the dollar for an opportunity for this soon-to-be 34-year-old to pitch with a real contender, a strategy that many teams adopted in luring aging lefties a season ago. In 14 seasons, Reyes has only pitched in a pair of Division Series loses. A minor-league offer wouldn't get it done, but a million and an option might. A team with a deep rotation like the Phillies, and with guys like Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras capable of handling both righties and lefties, should be able to get away with someone like Reyes filling a primary lefty role. The Phillies have given no indication that they're entirely comfortable handing the reins to Antonio Bastardo, and even if they were, they still need another lefty.
Reyes, who broke into the league in 1997, has been around the block with 10 different teams. We all know how Charlie Manuel values experience. If Reyes can keep it together physically, 70 appearances isn't out of the question, although at 34, last season's yeoman effort seems more likely.