Dodgers We're Concerned About: Alex Reyes
This one almost feels like cheating. Alex Reyes, a 28-year-old reliever, signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers (that also contains a team option for a second year) during this past offseason. The contract was signed knowing that he would not be an immediate contributor to the team, but there should still be some level of concern for him when he returns.
Once one of the top pitching prospects in the game, Reyes came up as an electric starting pitcher for the Cardinals before injuries completely derailed his career. From 2016 to 2020, he made a total of 32 appearances with 72.2 innings pitched. In that time, he was an extremely solid contributor, but he just could not stay healthy.
In 2021, he had what is easily the best season of his career to this point, fully embracing a relief pitcher/closer role and posting a 3.24 ERA in 69 games. He made the All-Star Game and seemed to finally have it figured out.
In typical fashion, Reyes went down with a Spring Training injury in March of last year and he went the entire season without making a single appearance. The Cardinals made the decision to non-tender him at the conclusion of the 2022 season, despite all that tantalizing potential, which led to him finding his way to the Dodgers.
Again, Reyes is an incredible pitcher when he's healthy. Only problem is, he's never healthy. There's little to suggest that he will be up to full speed when he rejoins the Dodgers, so there's no telling what version of him the club will be getting (and how much control/command he'll have). If he can pitch the way he has when he's at full health, his contract will be a steal. Until I see that with my own two eyes, he will go down in the "concerned" category, because there's just no telling what we're going to get from him.