Phils, Reyes Can't Get Deal Done
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(Photo: Tim Umphrey/Getty)

Posted Dec 18, 2010

The Phillies thought they had completed their search for a veteran left-handed reliever when they announced a deal to sign Dennys Reyes during the winter meetings. Instead, the deal fell apart, leaving the Phillies without a left-hander for their bullpen.

It looked like left-hander Dennys Reyes was the lone Phillies prize out of the Winter Meetings. Instead, it now appears that they left the meetings empty handed. The Phillies decided against going through with the $1.1 million deal that they signed with Reyes earlier in the month.

While the move came shortly after Reyes took a physical in Philadelphia, neither side would confirm that the physical was the reason for the change of mind. "We were not able to finish it off and that's all I'm going to say," was all assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock would tell the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The move now leaves the Phillies without a veteran left-hander for their bullpen and sends the Phillies back into the free agent market for such a player. Potential targets like Joe Beimel, Arthur Rhodes, Ron Mahay and Hideki Okajima are still on the market. Earlier in the off-season, Rhodes was a target of the Phillies just prior to their ill-fated signing of Reyes.

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