CLEVELAND -- The Indians have once again renewed ties to Anthony Reyes. Reyes, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since May 2009, was re-signed to a Minor League deal Monday with an invitation to Spring Training camp. The Indians had outrighted the 29-year-old right-hander off the 40-man roster last month. So they have basically repeated the pattern of a year ago, when Reyes was outrighted then re-signed to a Minors deal while working his way back from Tommy John elbow surgery.
Though expected to be a contributing member of the big league team at some point this past season, Reyes had some back issues and mechanical flaws in his delivery that led to his rehab assignment at Double-A Akron getting shut down. He could emerge as an option for the Indians in 2011 if the mechanical issues get straightened out. Reyes, who would have been arbitration-eligible had he remained on the 40-man roster, is 13-26 with a 5.12 ERA in his Major League career. He is 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 14 starts since joining the Tribe in a July 2008 trade with the Cardinals.