Jose Reyes designated for assignment by the Rockies

Associated Press

The Rockies have designated shortstop Jose Reyes for assignment.

They did so just as he finished up his 20-day rehab assignment following his suspension for domestic violence arising out an alleged assault of his wife last October for which he was arrested but for which charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. As of today the Rockies either had to add him to their 25-man roster or kick him off the team. So off he is. Which is not surprising given that his replacement, Trevor Story, has more than made up for his absence on the field and possesses none of baggage Reyes does for his off-the-field behavior.

Reyes, 33, is still owed $44 million by Colorado. He’ll likely pass through waivers unclaimed and become a free agent. He’ll likely get at least a look or two given that he will be able to be had by anyone for the major league minimum salary. During his rehab assignment Reyes was 10-for-33 with two homers and three stolen bases in nine games. Last year he hit .274/.310/.378 with seven homers and 24 stolen bases between Toronto and Colorado.