Samsung Lions sign new pitcher Reyes

Bomi Yoon

In this Getty Images file photo from Aug. 12, 2023, Denyi Reyes of the New York Mets pitches against the Atlanta Braves during a Major League Baseball regular season game at Citi Field in New York. Yonhap

In this Getty Images file photo from Aug. 12, 2023, Denyi Reyes of the New York Mets pitches against the Atlanta Braves during a Major League Baseball regular season game at Citi Field in New York. Yonhap

The Samsung Lions announced Thursday they have signed a former major league pitcher Denyi Reyes.

Reyes, 27, has agreed to a one-year deal worth up to US$800,000 — $500,000 in salary, $100,000 in signing bonus and a maximum of $200,000 in incentives.

Acquiring the Dominican right-hander means the Lions have parted ways with David Buchanan, their staff ace for the past four seasons.

Reyes has 12 big league games under his belt — three with the Baltimore Orioles in 2022 and the New York Mets in 2023. He had a 0-2 record with a 6.26 ERA in 27 1/3 innings over 12 outings.

In Triple-A last year, Reyes went 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA in 20 outings, including 18 starts.

In 2023 for the Mets, Reyes had a five-pitch mix: four-seam fastball, slider, cutter, changeup and sinker. He averaged 91.8 miles per hour with his fastball and limited opponents to a .143 batting average with that pitch.

The Lions tried to bring back Buchanan but were unable to narrow their differences, with Buchanan eyeing a return to the majors. (Yonhap)

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