Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been sidelined since the beginning of July with a badly strained left hamstring. He’s made steady progress in the past week, though, and could return to New York’s starting lineup within the next couple of days.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Reyes ran the bases on Sunday morning without feeling any lingering discomfort in his hamstring. He’s expected to join Single-A Brooklyn for a one-game rehab assignment Monday before returning to the Mets in time for Tuesday night’s series-opener against the visiting Cardinals.
Reyes, an impending free agent, has hit .354/.398/.529 this season with 15 triples, 22 doubles and 30 stolen bases in 380 plate appearances. The Mets are still hoping to sign him to an extension before the winter.
Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.
Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.
Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.
Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.