The Dodgers are expected to decline their $3MM club option on the services of right-hander Alex Reyes for the 2024 campaign, instead opting to pay the $100K buyout on the option per The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya. The club’s decision is hardly a surprise, as Reyes last pitched in the majors back in 2021.
The right-hander’s talent has never been in doubt, as he sports a career 2.86 ERA and 3.87 FIP in the big leagues since making his debut in 2016 and made an All Star appearance as a reliever back in 2021. Unfortunately, Reyes has simply not been able to remain on the field often enough to fully reach his potential; despite making his big league debut nine years ago, the righty has accrued just 145 innings of work in the big leagues due to an assortment of long-term injuries over the years. In addition to missing the entire 2017, 2022, and 2023 campaigns, Reyes managed just seven innings of work between 2018 and 2019.
Most recently, Reyes underwent shoulder surgery back in June and is not expected to return to a big league mound until mid-way through the 2024 campaign at the earliest. Reyes is headed into his age-29 season next year, and could once again be a candidate for a contract that offers a guaranteed year with a club option similar to the $1.1MM pact he landed with the Dodgers on this past offseason. Of course, now that Reyes hasn’t pitched in the majors in two-and-a-half seasons, it’s at least fair to wonder if he’ll be limited to minor league pacts this winter.
Reyes is far from the only injured relief option the Dodgers have to decide on in the coming days, as option decisions on both Blake Treinen and Daniel Hudson are set to come due as well. Like Reyes, Treinen was unable to pitch in the majors this year following shoulder surgery, while Hudson managed to return for three innings before returning to the injured list with a knee sprain. The Dodgers hold a $6.5MM club option on Hudson, who is undecided on whether he’ll continue to pitch in 2024, that’s likely to be declined. Meanwhile, the option on Treinen’s services is set to be valued at somewhere between $1MM and $7MM, though given the veteran hurler didn’t pitch in 2023, it’s expected to land toward the lower end of that range.