Landing spots for Jose Reyes
In case you were unaware, the Colorado Rockies have designated shortstop Jose Reyes for assignment just as he finished up his 20-day rehab assignment following his suspension for domestic violence.
Reyes, 33, is still owed $44 million by Colorado. He’ll likely pass through waivers unclaimed and become a free agent. MLB teams will give him a look or two given that he will be able to be had by anyone for the major league minimum salary. During his rehab assignment Reyes was 10-for-33 with two homers and three stolen bases in nine games.
Here are the best fits for Reyes….
1. New York Mets
The Mets want to make it back to the World Series, but have been riddled with injuries. No one is doubting their pitching staff, but their offense is lackluster to say the least. Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and most recently David Wright are all on the DL and the Mets could use a boost offensively. They reacquired Kelly Johnson and are moving forward with Wilmer Flores at third base, but is that a serious long-term solution for the rest of the season? Probably not. Bringing in the former-Met, Reyes, would be cheap and provide more offense than any current option on the roster.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
The D-backs are falling out of playoff contention and lack an offensive shortstop, so Reyes could be a cheap boost to their lineup. Arizona’s starting shortstop Nick Ahmed has been terribly ineffective at the plate this season, having hovered around the Mendoza line for most of the year, while creating less than half the run production of the average major-league shortstop.
3. Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa had a great start to the year, but is now coming back down to Earth (owning .202 BA) and is danger of losing his starting job to Stephen Drew. Drew won’t scare teams offensively, and the Nats have shown an unwillingness to call up top prospect Trea Turner for more than a series here and there. With Washington enjoying one of their best starts in franchise history, a cheap gamble could be what GM Mike Rizzo needs to make to ensure a playoff berth.
4. Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays employ Brad Miller as their starting shortstop most nights, but with a lackluster .231 BA an upgrade is necessary if they want to stay afloat in the AL East. Jose Reyes could see Tampa as a place to rejuvenate his career for half a season before signing elsewhere in 2017.
5. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners have a promising young shortstop in Ketel Marte, but adding a veteran infield presence wouldn’t hurt, and Reyes could help tutor Marte similar to what Jimmy Rollins gave the Dodgers late last season. He won’t play everyday, but being a solid clubhouse presence would help build up his value for next year.
Where do you think Jose Reyes will end up? Let me know in the comments below…