Jose Reyes is back with the New York Mets. Reyes, a former All-Star shortstop, re-signed with the Mets on Saturday, June 25. A report from ESPN confirms the signing, stating that he is reuniting with his first MLB team. The struggling offense in New York has led to this signing, with the franchise getting a bit desperate to improve the batting order. It was also a very inexpensive acquisition, with very little risk for the Mets to take the chance on him.
Jose Reyes played nine seasons with the New York Mets before signing with the Miami Marlins in free agency during the 2012 MLB offseason. During that time in New York, Reyes hit 0.292 with 402 extra base hits and 370 stolen bases along the way. He had trouble staying healthy in his final three seasons with the Mets, leading to the team letting him hit free agency. The Miami Marlins would eventually trade him to the Toronto Blue Jays and then the Blue Jays traded him to the Colorado Rockies.
As a report by CBS Sports outlined, Reyes had been suspended for 51 games by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy. It was a public relations problem for the Colorado Rockies after Reyes got charged with physically assaulting his wife shortly after the team traded for him. Immediately, there were a lot of MLB rumors about what the team would do with Reyes once he was finished with his suspension.