Reyes could also give the Mets a more traditional leadoff hitter than Curtis Granderson, who is hitting.219 this season. They were unable to find a trade partner for the embattled shortstop in the eight days since designating him for assignment and requested waivers Thursday, according to ESPN.
Reyes undoubtedly will go unclaimed while on waivers, because a team would have to assume his remaining $38 million in salary through 2017 if it put in a claim.
Whether he would be a shortstop or third baseman remains to be seen, but that will be for Terry Collins to decide, but it appears that Reyes may be coming back to Queens very soon and all that matters is the deal to get signed to bring him back to where he started his career.
Reyes was cut by Colorado after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The charges against him were dropped after his wife Katherine refused to cooperate with investigators. The Mets would only be responsible for paying the veteran infielder a prorated portion of the major league minimum. But a year ago in the big leagues, Reyes hit just.274/.310/.378-despite playing his home games in Toronto and Colorado, both of which offer some of the most hitter-friendly environments in the game. After no team made a move for Reyes he was released. Sadly, Reyes and the Mets will be the only winners when all is said and done.
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Reyes was a full-time All-Star with the Mets before signing a six-year, $106 million deal with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season.
Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11, but may be used in a utility role in his return to the organization. "We are convinced that Jose has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences and have confirmed he is taking steps beyond those prescribed by Major League Baseball, including ongoing counseling".
Added Reyes: "As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred and remain remorseful and apologetic to my family". Reyes had only a.310 on-base percentage last season with the Toronto Blue Jays and Rockies, but he did steal 24 bases in 116 games.
At Class A Brooklyn, Reyes is likely to work out at third base, lining him up to help fill the void by his longtime close friend and team captain David Wright, whose season is in jeopardy after neck surgery.