A reunion between the Mets and infielder Jose Reyes is “very likely” by the end of the weekend, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Reyes will hit free agency Saturday once he clears release waivers.
The Mets appear to be expecting the addition of Reyes, as manager Terry Collins answered a question using language including “when he gets here,” and also discussed how the team was willing to try the veteran at third base and the outfield.
Reyes was recently designated for assignment by the Rockies after missing the start of the season due to a suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Colorado, who had acquired Reyes from Toronto as part of the return for Troy Tulowitzki last July, cut ties with Reyes due to both the emergence of rookie shortstop Trevor Story and Reyes’ off-field issues.
Reyes has drawn at least some interest from the Royals and White Sox since being cut loose, but the Mets have always loomed as a potential favorite due to the open spot at third base created by David Wright’s neck injury. New York has been internally debating the PR crisis that would come with a reunion, though appears comfortable enough adding Reyes as soon as this weekend.
Reyes, 33, last appeared with the Mets in 2011 before signing a free-agent deal with the Marlins. He has since appeared with Miami, Toronto and Colorado.