Pittsburgh Pirates Sign LHP Jo-Jo Reyes

By Troy Pfaff

According to Jenifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal.

The 27-year-old will receive an invite to Spring Training plus other incentives.

Reyes has seen success in the minor leagues, evidenced by his 3.51 ERA and 1.263 WHIP in eight minor league seasons, but hasn’t been able to translate that success to the major leagues.

In five seasons, Reyes owns a 6.05 major league ERA with a 1.637 WHIP. He has struck out 215 batters in 334.2 innings with Atlanta, Baltimore and Toronto. Reyes started 20 games for the Blue Jays last season before being waived and claimed by the Orioles, where he made five starts and four relief appearances, finishing the year with a combined 5.57 ERA.

This is another low-risk, high-reward move for the Pirates. Reyes was once a top prospect in the Braves’ minor league system, and at 27 still has time to improve.

Charlie Morton (hip surgery) may not be recovered by the time April rolls around, but otherwise the team’s rotation is essentially set at this point (Morton, Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, James McDonald, Kevin Correia). Reyes could earn a roster spot in the team’s bullpen out of Spring Training. More likely, though, Reyes will begin the season in AAA and provide insurance for when a pitcher goes down with injury.

A link to Reyes’ career statistics from B-R.

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