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02/09/11 4:30 PM EST

Red Sox ink Reyes to Minors deal

BOSTON -- Add another left-hander to the mix.

The Red Sox have inked a Minor League contract with southpaw reliever Dennys Reyes. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training, and would be worth $900,000 if he makes the Major League team with incentives that could push the value of the deal to $1.4 million. Reyes joins Lenny DiNardo, Felix Doubront, Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Hideki Okajima and Randy Williams in competition for a spot on the big league roster as the lefty-on-lefty reliever.

Turning 34 in April, Reyes is a 14-year Major Leaguer who's made no fewer than 50 appearances each of the past five seasons, including 75 each in 2008 and '09. He was effective for St. Louis last season, going 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 38 innings and 59 appearances.

Reyes had fared better in his career against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .238 average -- 41 points lower than the right-handers. But it was actually reversed last season, when lefties hit .307 off him and right-handers hit just .177. The only two home runs he allowed were by left-handed hitters, too.

Reyes hasn't allowed more than four home runs in a season since 2004. His best season came in 2006 with the Twins, when he went 5-0 with a 0.89 ERA in 66 appearances.

The Mexico native has been to the postseason twice, with the Twins that season and the Cards in 2009. Both teams lost in the Division Series.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.