Jose Reyes met with FBI investigators on Friday about his involvement with known HGH distributor Anthony Galea. The Mets shortstop claims he only used the doctor for his blood-spinning technique, and not human growth hormone.
“They asked me if he injected with that (HGH), and I said no,” Reyes said. “What we did there, basically, he took my blood out, spin it in some machine and put it back in my leg.”
Reyes said he does not expect to meet with the investigators again or have any further involvement with the process. It sure sounds like he’s in the clear (no pun intended).
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Joaquin Benoit to a contract. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post adds that it’s a one-year major league deal worth $1 million.
Benoit, 40, spent last season with the Phillies and Pirates. He put up a mediocre 4.65 ERA with a 46/22 K/BB ratio across 50 1/3 innings. Only 8/13 innings came with the Pirates as he dealt with a left knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the final month and a half. He also left the team in mid-September to attend to a family matter in the Dominican Republic.
Given his age and declining performance, as well as the Nationals’ bullpen depth, Benoit doesn’t figure to pitch in many high-leverage spots, but that could change with injuries.