Jose Reyes

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 07:  Jose Reyes #7 of the Colorado Rockies fields a ground ball during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 7, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Jose Reyes returning to the New York Mets

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Update (2:22 p.m. ET): The N.Y. Mets have officially announced the signing of Jose Reyes

It’s full circle for Jose Reyes.

On Saturday, the New York Mets signed the 33-year-old shortstop, who originally started his career with the club after signing as a teenager from the Dominican Republic in 1999. In his first stint, he spent 12 years with the team and won the National League batting title with the Mets in 2011, hitting .337 and made all of his four All-Star appearances. The move comes out of recent controversial circumstances by Reyes as he was arrested on Oct. 31 after a physical altercation with his wife at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Hawaii.

Major League Baseball suspended Reyes without pay for his actions through May 31, resulting in him forfeiting $6.25 million. He addressed his actions in a statement in May.

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened,” Reyes stated. “I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family. I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love most, playing baseball. My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”

After his suspension, Reyes appeared in nine games for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque, hitting .303 with 2 home runs, 2 RBIs and 2 SBs. With the emergence of current starting shortstop, Trevor Story, the Rockies tried to trade Reyes. The Dominican player has declined in the past several seasons since leaving the Mets and combined with his recent issues, there wasn’t any interest. Yet, once the team decided to designate him for assignment, with the Rockies footing the bill for the remaining $39 million of his contract, the Mets became interested due to some recent personnel issues.

“At the end of the day, we felt that it was best that we part ways — best for the direction of the organization, best for what was going on in the clubhouse and best for Jose,” Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said last week.

With Mets star third baseman David Wright out indefinitely with a neck injury, the team has struggled offensively and has lacked speed on the bases. ESPN reports that Reyes won’t take Asdrubal Cabrera‘s starting job as shortstop, but will back him up and fill in at second and third base when needed. Team manager Terry Collins, who managed Reyes in 2011, remembers the player’s time at the club fondly.

“One of the things that probably caught my imagination was his joy of playing in New York. He loved it. That’s why he moved there. He loved being there. He loved playing in New York. It’s a tough place, because you’re going to have some bad times and some bad days. But he always had a smile. And when he didn’t, something was wrong, and you knew it. And that was the easiest kind of way to judge that it’s time for a day off.

“In my time around him, he was a joy to be around.”

 

Jose Reyes isn’t very thrilled about playing for the Rockies

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Jose Reyes was dealt from the hard-charging Blue Jays to the basement-dwelling Rockies a few days before the July 31 trade deadline. The 32-year-old shortstop is batting just .271 with a .684 OPS over his first 92 plate appearances with Colorado and the Rockies are 5-16 in the 21 games he has appeared in since arriving. Bad vibes. Bad vibes all around.

Reyes did a bit of venting after the Rockies’ ugly 14-9 loss to the Mets — the team Reyes started his career with — on Saturday night at Coors Field. Via beat writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post

“You come from a ballclub that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped him out of Toronto. The Blue Jays, with [Troy] Tulowitzki, have surged into a battle with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.

“I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”

Reyes has cleared waivers, so the Rockies can dangle him in trade talks until the August 31 deadline. He is owed $22 million in 2016 and 2017 and holds a $22 million club option (or $4 million buyout) for 2018.

Jose Reyes cleared waivers, a couple of teams “poking around”

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Jon Heyman reports that Rockies’ shortstop Jose Reyes has cleared waivers and at least a couple teams have been “poking around.”

Hard to see anyone having a super high amount of interest in him, no matter how famous he is. He’s owed $55 million through 2017 and is hitting a mere .274/.310/.369 this season. His defense at shortstop is not what it used to be and contenders, including the Yankees, who Heyman says have spoken to the Rockies, would likely consider him a second baseman.

I guess he’s capable of some lightning in a bottle production, but at this point you have to think not many teams would be all that keen on him given his contract.