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 Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.
The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.