Pirates To Sign Jo-Jo Reyes

The Pirates have agreed to sign free agent left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes to minor league contract, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. MLBTR has learned that the sides agreed to a split contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training and incentives. He drew interest from Korean teams before agreeing to terms with the Pirates.

Reyes has struggled through parts of five MLB seasons despite his success in the minors (3.51 ERA, 8.3 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9). He has a career ERA of 6.05 in the Majors and has never posted an ERA below the 5.57 mark he posted with the Blue Jays and Orioles in 2011. The Orioles non-tendered Reyes after the 2011 season.

Despite the high ERA, there are reasons the Paragon Sports International client drew interest this offseason. He's young, controllable (arbitration eligible through 2014), left-handed and his average fastball checks in at 90 mph. He posted respectable rates of 5.6 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 and 40.6% ground balls all while pitching in the AL East. Ten of his 25 starts (40%) came against the four best offenses in MLB: the Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers and Tigers and SIERA (4.60) and xFIP (4.58) suggest Reyes' unsightly 5.57 ERA was inflated by a run or so.

The 27-year-old spent the 2011 season starting for the Blue Jays and Orioles, but he could intrigue the Pirates as a reliever. Charlie Morton, James McDonald, Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens and Kevin Correia project to start for the Pirates and southpaws Tony Watson and Daniel Moskos figure to contribute out of the bullpen.


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59 Comments on "Pirates To Sign Jo-Jo Reyes"


chris_synan1
3 years 7 months ago

biggest signing of the offseason

FieldofDreams
3 years 7 months ago

And the decade

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Too bad it wasn’t Jo. Reyes

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

now THAT is a pirates signing if i have ever seen one!!!!

pirates20
3 years 7 months ago

Finally!…. The anticipation was killing me.

bigpat
3 years 7 months ago

Wow, it finally happened. I guess that’s what I get for making fun of this guy for years. He’s like a match made in heaven for the Pirates. 

ubercubsfan
3 years 7 months ago

They’ll still come in ahead of the Cubs and Astros.

3 years 7 months ago

stop…

Pawapuro
3 years 7 months ago

Can’t wait to see the Cards tee off on this guy, if he even makes it to the Majors.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

he will make it bro….it is the pirates we are referring to and with all this garbage piching they brought in, they could have maybe brought back maholm

3 years 7 months ago

i wouldn’t consider Erik Bedard garbage

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

if he wasn’t, how come boston didn’t resign him after the season?? right , because he stunk up fenway with his um performances….he is nothing but a cheap a## replacement for maholm and his record will be sub-500 with about a 4.00 to 4.50 era and i as a betting man will give you 2 to 1 odds on that and im sure that there are others that would jump on that bet in a second….he only looked good for a little bit because he was pitching in that pitchers house known as safeco….come on dom, do some research on a guy if you are gonna defend him…..

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

people had interest in him?! and since when was 27 young for a tihs pitcher like jo-jo

formerdraftpick
3 years 7 months ago

I know this has nothing to do with the article, but I wanted you to know that I had a dog named Jo-Jo.

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

How’s his fastball?

3 years 7 months ago

Check the outfield seats.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

when i was in high school, my dea### was named jo jo….small world!!

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 7 months ago

I bet my friend in the beginning of the off season the Pirates would sign Reyes. He only assumed i meant Jose! He owes me 50 bucks!

grownice
3 years 7 months ago

Sounds about right.

Daniel Han
3 years 7 months ago

game changer

3 years 7 months ago

Keep reaching for those stars Pirates. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

One year ago it was the Jays fans who felt like this, so I won’t say much..

Just know that he wont last long pirate fans. don’t feel too bad

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

Well he was already on the team (came over in July 2010 with Yunel), but come Spring Training when they said he was a candidate for the rotation…yeah I felt like that.

bigpat
3 years 7 months ago

I dunno, this guy is like a leech, he just latches on and destroys your team by somehow claiming a fifth starter position. People will always give him a shot because he’s left handed and pitched ok in the minors, but his ERA is right around 6 in 300+ big league innings. Why does he get so much work? 

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

“potential”

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

you know how it is…if you are a lefty and a warm body, someone will give you a chance….my guess everywhere he goes he gets a pitching coach who thinks they can”fix him”…..no luck on that so far

bigpat
3 years 7 months ago

I dunno, this guy is like a leech, he just latches on and destroys your team by somehow claiming a fifth starter position. People will always give him a shot because he’s left handed and pitched ok in the minors, but his ERA is right around 6 in 300+ big league innings. Why does he get so much work? 

$1639604
3 years 7 months ago

Biggest news here: The Royals didnt sign the Braves bust Jojo Reyes

roberty
3 years 7 months ago

Aw you beat me to it.  I guess I’ll delete my comment.

3 years 7 months ago

jeez, like no team ever makes minor league signings.  for every one of them, there are like 20 comments exactly like the ones above, which act like the team signed the player as a savior or something.  you guys need to quit copy/pasting each others’ comments, or learn some new jokes already.

3 years 7 months ago

jeez, like no team ever makes minor league signings.  for every one of them, there are like 20 comments exactly like the ones above, which act like the team signed the player as a savior or something.  you guys need to quit copy/pasting each others’ comments, or learn some new jokes already.

nestleraisinets
3 years 7 months ago

The better Reyes. Better than that shortstop…

roberty
3 years 7 months ago

I still prefer Hugo Reyes.

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

What about the ever so lethal Al Reyes?

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

What about the ever so lethal Al Reyes?

redsx968
3 years 7 months ago

Oh! I think I get it! you’re joking that Jojo Reyes is better than Jose, when in reality it’s the opposite. hahaha! whoooo!

roberty
3 years 7 months ago

I’m surprised the Royals didn’t sign him!

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

dude, the royals aren’t that desperate

roberty
3 years 7 months ago

I’m surprised the Royals didn’t sign him!

pirates20
3 years 7 months ago

considering this dude spent virtually the entire season in one of the toughest division’s in baseball, as a starter no less, i’d say he has at least some value to his credit. his peripherals aren’t completely minuscule from what i’m looking at, so why not take a chance on him?

wallywhack
3 years 7 months ago

Bullpen, yes. Rotation, no.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Ugh, he was such a promising prospect but not he can join his former AAAA buddy Charlie Morton

indybucfan
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe the Braves can trade us another AAAA prospect for McLouth again??

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Ugh, he was such a promising prospect but not he can join his former AAAA buddy Charlie Morton