FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to Red Sox reliever Dennys Reyes, he has an opportunity to opt-out of his minor-league contract on March 26. The 33-year-old, who signed a minor-league deal with the Sox on Feb. 9, arrived in town at 2 a.m. Saturday after being delayed with visa problems.
Reyes said he was close to signing a deal with the Phillies in Dec., but went another direction after not being able to agree on "two clauses" in the proposed contract. The lefty had spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals, making 59 appearances in 2010, finishing with a 3.55 ERA. Reyes did uncharacteristically have difficulty against left-handed hitters, allowing them a .307 batting average. He explained the problems stemmed from his No. 1 pitch -- his sinker -- leaking out over the plate instead of diving down in the strike zone.
Reyes was slated to undergo a physical, and strength tests on his shoulder, before finishing his day by playing catch Saturday before heading home. The southpaw explained he has pitched in three simulated games back at his home in Mexico, competing against an amateur team he helps run. Reyes said this would be his third or fourth spring training in which he found himself competing for a spot in a big league team's bullpen.
"It’s going to be a great competition," he said. "There’s nothing you can do. I know most of the guys I’m competing with, I respect them and it’s not going to our decision, it’s going to be their decision so you have to do the best you can."
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