Reyes' deal with Phillies hits 'snag', called off

Reyes' deal with Phillies hits 'snag', called off

PHILADELPHIA -- Left-hander Dennys Reyes agreed to a $1.1 million contract with the Phillies on Dec. 8.

Strangely, the Phils never announced the deal. It is not unusual for a few days to pass between an agreement and an official announcement because players typically have to fly to Philadelphia for a physical. That is why the club waited until Wednesday to announce it had signed Cliff Lee, who had agreed to terms Monday.

But there will be no Reyes announcement. The deal is off.

"We hit a snag," said Oscar Suarez, who is Reyes' agent. "So we just decided to push back."

Asked if it was health-related, Suarez said, "It just didn't work out. We're back on the market. I don't want to get into details why."

Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday they had no flexibility to add more talent, but with Reyes not signing, that might improve right-hander Chad Durbin's chances of returning. Things looked good for him last week before Philadelphia signed Lee to a five-year, $120 million deal.

The Phillies still could use a left-hander, but with lefties like Pedro Feliciano and Randy Choate off the market, the pickings are slim. Left-hander J.C. Romero is available. The Phils declined his 2011 option after the season, but Amaro made a point to say they had not closed the door on Romero returning.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.