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MLB rumors: Mets talking about releasing Jose Reyes

Club officials are ‘conflicted’ on situation.

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The Mets are looking into the possibility of releasing veteran Jose Reyes, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

As Puma alludes, the Mets may want to send off Reyes the right way because has been a part of the organization since 1999 when he signed as a 16-year-old amateur free agent. He debuted for the Mets in 2003 and went on to play with the club through 2011. During that nine-season stretch, he was a four-time All-Star, led the National League in triples four times, stolen bases three times, at-bats and plate appearances twice each, hits once and batting average once. The batting title win was controversial, as he requested to come out of the final game of 2011 season after he led off with a bunt single in order to not affect his average.

After the season, Reyes signed a $106 million deal with the Marlins, only to be traded to the Blue Jays at the end of 2012. Reyes spent the next two and a half seasons in Toronto before being dealt to the Rockies in 2015 as part of a package to acquire Troy Tulowitzki. After 2015, Reyes came back to the Mets as a backup utility player and has had a dramatic drop-off in production each year, producing slash lines of slash lines of .267/.326/.443 in 2016, .246/.315/.413 in 2017 and .141/.208/.197 this year.

However, Reyes may not survive the year, given his production and the fact that both Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores may be activated from the DL soon.