Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jo-Jo Reyes Released by Halos; Signs In Korea

          The Angels organization has announced that they have released LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, allowing him to sign with the SK Wyverns of Korea. Reyes was signed earlier this offseason to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, however he requested to be released after the Wyverns began showing interest in signing him. The Angels will receive compensation from the Wyverns as a result of the club allowing Reyes to sign elsewhere. Reyes, 28, was originally drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Atlanta Braves. He cracked the majors for the first time in 2007 appearing in 11 games (10 starts) for Atlanta while posting a 2-2 record with a 6.22 ERA. The southpaw stayed with the Atlanta organization, bouncing between the big league club and triple-A, until 2011 when he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the Yunel Escobar trade. Reyes pitched limited time with the Jays that season before being waived and claimed by the Baltimore Orioles, where he also pitched for a limited time on the big league club. Reyes then signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent the entire 2012 season with Pittsburgh's triple-A club before electing free agency and eventually signing with the club. I wish Reyes the best of luck in Korea and hopefully he can get his game back together.

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