‘Rehabilitation Factory’, ‘Resurrection Factory’ The LA Dodgers are trying to fix another player.
On the 12th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), the official website of Major League Baseball, ‘MLB.com’, reported that ‘All-Star closer Alex Layes has agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.’
The guaranteed amount is $1.1 million. A $3 million club option for the 2024 season is at stake. Incentives based on performance are also set here. Correspondent Craig Missy of the’Miami Herald’ posted on social media, “You can get a $2 million bonus in 2023 and up to an $8 million bonus in 2024. “It’s a very interesting contract,” he said. The maximum Reyes can receive rises to $14.1 million.
Reyes, who debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016, was one of the leading fireball prospects in the major leagues. At the time of his debut in 2016, he recorded an average velocity of 97.9 miles (157.5 km) with his fastball, and in 2021, the most recent season, he recorded an average velocity of 96.6 miles (about 155.4 km).
He recorded 16 wins, 11 losses, 31 saves, 9 holds, an earned run average of 2.86, and 177 strikeouts in 101 games and 145 innings. In particular, as a bullpen pitcher in 2021, he threw 72⅓ innings in 69 games and was selected as a National League All-Star with an average ERA of 3.24 and 95 strikeouts with 10 wins, 8 losses, 29 saves and 3 holds. 스포츠토토
However, in May of last year, he underwent surgery on his right shoulder joint and was ruled out for the season. He didn’t pitch a single game last year. In 2017, he underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow, but he entered long-term rehabilitation once again. In the end, St. Louis released Reyes as a non-tender, suffering from frequent injuries while throwing fastballs.
The Dodgers, who showed interest in Reyes after the release of Non-Tender, eventually reached the signing. The Dodgers have been called ‘rehabilitation factories’ or ‘resurrection factories’ because they revive pitchers who had lost their reputation in the past but whose skills have declined due to injuries or sluggishness. In the past, he has revived players whose careers have fallen, such as Brandon Morrow, Daniel Hudson, Dylan Floro, Corey Knable, and Blake Treynen.
This year, they are trying to lead the revival once again by recruiting Noah Syndergaard for the starting lineup and Shelby Miller for the bullpen. Here, Reyes, who hit the peak in the past and now has fallen to the bottom, is also recruited.
First of all, it’s a shoulder injury, and less than a year has passed since the surgery. Since it is a sensitive area for pitchers, it may be difficult to return this year. Will the Dodgers be able to throw fastballs again after Reyes succeeds in rehabilitation at the Dodgers’ Rehabilitation Factory?