The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled the trigger on free agent pitcher Alex Reyes. The All-Star closer will join the team on a one-year, $1.1 million deal. Reyes became a free agent after St. Louis Cardinals did not offer a contract for the 2023 season.
The contract comes with a club option in 2024. There are also incentives in play that could increase the value of the contract to $10 million.
Reyes missed all of 2022 with a shoulder injury that required surgery. It was a blow after being shut down in 2021, when he was named to his first All-Star game.
2022 wasn’t the first time Reyes had injury problems. He was plagued by trips to IL in his seven seasons in St. Louis.
“Yes!! Huge improvement. Love the last few moves,” one fan tweeted.
“Love this move,” said another fan.
Los Angeles Dodgers fans believe that their manager Mark Prior can get Reyes back to his All-Star form. He was one of the most highly touted prospects coming into the league in 2016.
This acquisition could be huge for the Dodgers, who are no strangers to getting the most out of their pitchers. If this remains true, they will get an absolute steal in signing Alex Reyes.
Keep an eye on the Los Angeles Dodgers this season
While the regular season was a dream for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the playoffs were a nightmare. They finished the regular season with a league-best record of 111-51. All signs pointed to them winning their eighth World Series title, but the San Diego Padres eliminated them from the competition.
They lost in the National League Division Series, 3-1. It was such a disappointing end to the season. No one expected the Dodgers to fall flat on their faces in the postseason. Now that 2022 is behind them, they will certainly be looking for revenge this season.
It will be interesting to see how this team compares to last year’s. The Dodgers will be without All-Star shortstop Tree Turner. Turner was a free agent and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a key member of the team’s success.
The Dodgers will be playing with a disadvantage on their shoulders this season. I can’t go through another successful regular season with nothing to show for it in the postseason.