St. Louis Cardinals Former All-Star closer Alex Reyes

Former Cardinals All-Star under-bid closer Alex Reyes on Friday

The St. Louis Cardinals decided not to tender 2021 All-Star closer Alex Reyes on Friday, along with Ben DeLuzio.

Reyes, 28, was the sixth base rusher in all of baseball in 2017, but he struggled with a number of injuries that kept him from reaching his full potential as a cornerback in the Cardinals’ starting rotation. During his MLB debut in 2016, Reyes appeared in 12 games, 5 of them starts, and threw 46 innings with a 1.57 ERA and 52 SO. Reyes had the dominant stuff he needed to be an ace for the long haul.

In 2021, the Cardinals installed Reyes as their closer, and he was named an All-Star after posting a 1.12 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched without getting any saves. Reyes collapsed in the second half of the season, finishing with a 5.52 ERA in 31 innings pitched after the All-Star break. He badly ended the Cardinals’ season by giving up a home run to Chris Taylor against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Wild Card Game.

Reyes was set to make $2.85 million in arbitration in 2023, and with uncertainty over whether he could play next season, the club was widely expected to release Reyes before the no-bid deadline. It’s a truly disappointing end for such a promising player, and now Cardinals fans can only hope Reyes can bounce back with another organization and realize his true potential.

The Cardinals also no-bid DeLuzio, who made his MLB debut with St. Louis at age 27 last season. He appeared in 22 games for the club, slashing .150/.292/.200 with no home runs or RBIs. The club signed former outfield prospect Oscar Mercado on a minor league deal today, and he could end up playing a similar role as DeLuzio did last season.

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