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.
This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.
The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.
As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.