Jose Reyes’ lackluster play may not be enough to end his Mets career anytime soon.
As the veteran infielder continues his struggles, both offensively and defensively, team officials have discussed the possibility of releasing Reyes, according to industry sources, but are conflicted because they want the former All-Star to receive a proper sendoff.
And a flat-out release doesn’t fit the team’s idea of proceeding in the correct manner with the 34-year-old Reyes, given his roots in the organization.
Reyes entered Wednesday with a .141/.208/.197 slash line in 71 at-bats this season, backing up mostly at shortstop and third base. If those numbers aren’t brutal enough, consider he was only 2-for-30 (.067) at Citi Field.
The Mets may have to revisit the idea of dumping Reyes soon: Wilmer Flores, who has been bothered by a sore back, is progressing in his rehab to the point he could begin playing minor league games in the next week.
Luis Guillorme also has served as a backup infielder, but the rookie has slumped after a solid stretch on the Mets’ last road trip. Reyes survived Todd Frazier’s return from the disabled list earlier this week. It’s also possible Reyes could be a victim when Yoenis Cespedes is activated, although the Mets are currently carrying three catchers and Jose Lobaton would figure to be vulnerable.
Reyes was signed into the organization as a 16-year-old, but left to sign with the Marlins for $106 million following the 2011 season. He was released by the Rockies and returned to the Mets in 2016 after serving a suspension for violating MLB’s domestic abuse policy. Reyes became a free agent after last season and re-signed with the Mets on a one-year contract worth $2 million.
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