In February, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes to a one-year, $1.1 million deal that also includes a $3 million club option in 2024.
The 28-year-old was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017. He hopes to get back on track, and is in good hands with the Dodgers. LA has a reputation of revitalizing player’s careers.
Doug McKain of Dodgers Nation specifically asked Reyes how much of a factor this had on his decision to sign with LA:
“It meant everything. When we were team searching, one of the big things was finding an organization that understood where I was and where I am in my rehab and this is grade-A organization and I’m excited to be here and continue my rehab here and get healthy and help this team down the line.”
The pitcher missed the entire 2022 season from his shoulder injury and will most likely miss the first few months of this season as well.
If Reyes can regain his pre-injury form, the Dodgers can rely on Reyes to be a dominant pitcher in the late innings. At his peak, Reyes’ fastball has touched up to 100 mph, and he also has a solid slider and changeup. The 28-year-old has what it takes to be a strong pitcher alongside Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Dustin May.
If he can stay healthy and regain his form, Reyes can be a consistent contributor to the Dodgers’ success.
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