By Maureen Mullen
FORT MYERS, Fla. Left-hander Dennys Reyes, in the mix for a Red Sox bullpen spot, said he has allowed the team to extend the deadline from Friday to Saturday to make a decision on adding him to the roster.
He is currently on a minor-league contract. If he is not added to the major-league roster by Saturday, he would be allowed to become a free agent.
It was one more day, he said. They asked me for an extra day and I gave it to them.
But, hes looking forward to having a decision made.
Yeah, its always a little stressful just waiting to see what the decision is going to be, he said. Especially the last couple of days because everything is getting close and you want to know what you want to do. People like to know whats going to happen. But I understand their decision is going to be tough because they got a lot of good pitchers in camp. So we just have to wait.
He is expected to pitch Friday night against the Blue Jays at City of Palms Park. It will be his ninth Grapefruit League appearance. Although he was delayed getting to spring training because of visa issues, he has appeared in eight games so far, spanning eight innings and posting a record of 1-1 with a 1.12 ERA. He has given up two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts and a hit batter.
He believes hes had ample opportunity to show the Red Sox what he can do.
Yeah, I did, he said. I gave everything I have. I think I showed them I can pitch at the big-league level, and I dont think I could do anything different than what I did. Its up to them whether theyre going to take me with the team or theyre going to take somebody else. Its not my decision. I just have to wait and see what theyre going to do.
If not with the Red Sox, though, he would like an opportunity with another major-league team. Reyes, who turns 34 in April, has thrown 725 major-league innings over 14 seasons, with 10 teams.
Yeah, I want to play for a contending team," he said. That was my first idea when I signed. Ive been lucky to play for contending teams the last five, six years. Its fun going into September and youre playing for something, instead of just playing to finish the season. I kind of got used to that feeling and I want to keep doing it. Thats why I signed with this team. But the main thing is I want to pitch in the big leagues, stretch my career as long as I can, and if it's not going to be here, I want it to be somewhere else.
Late sink, good sink, and a little bit of a late-breaking breaking ball, Terry Francona said earlier this week of what he has seen from Reyes this spring. Those are the decisions that are hard to make. He does have a pretty good track record.
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