Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have signed infielder Jose Reyes to a one-year deal. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal is for $2 million with an additional $500,000 available through incentives.
Reyes, 34, hit .246/.315/.413 with 15 home runs, 58 RBI, 75 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 561 plate appearances last season. He spent 200-plus innings at both second and third base, and briefly spent some time in the outfield as well.
Rosenthal notes that Reyes is expected to contribute in a utility role and that the Mets aren’t done looking for a starting second baseman.
The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.
Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.