Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 1/3/12

The Pirates have signed lefty Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal, which will likely include an invitation to spring training.

Reyes is 27 and has been terrible in the big leagues. His career ERA is 6.05 and he just tied the major league record for most consecutive starts without a win (28 before snapping it with a complete game in May). Wins are a terrible indicator of a pitcher’s ability, but that’s still really bad.

Nonetheless, there’s nothing wrong with taking a flier on him with a minor league deal. Reyes will probably start the year in Triple-A and come up if he pitches great and/or if someone in the rotation goes down. As I mentioned in my early look at the rotation, the Bucs need more starting pitching depth and Reyes adds a little depth, I guess. He’s really more of a shot-in-the-dark, with a hope that he can find his potential and become a useful big-league pitcher.

Reyes is known to have good potential–there’s a reason the Braves, Blue Jays, and Orioles have continued to run him out there for a combined 334 innings over five years. The 27 year old has a live arm and has pitched well in the minors. He isn’t anything to get excited about, but I’m fine with the Pirates giving him a shot.

The Bucs defeated Reyes in June when he was with the Blue Jays.

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