As has been expected for the past few days, the Mets have signed Jose Reyes. The 33-year-old was released by the Rockies after they were unable to find a taker for him on the trade market. Colorado had designated Reyes for assignment on June 15.
Reyes hasn’t played in a major league game since last season because he spent the first two months of this season serving a suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Reyes was arrested last October for an incident in which he allegedly assaulted his wife in a hotel room in Hawaii. He was set to stand trial in April, but charges were dropped when his wife declined to cooperate with the prosecution.
Before he was cut by the Rockies, Reyes played briefly for the organization’s Triple-A affiliate. He hit .303/.425/.485 with a couple of home runs in nine games in the Pacific Coast League. But last year in the big leagues, Reyes hit just .274/.310/.378—despite playing his home games in Toronto and Colorado, both of which offer some of the most hitter-friendly environments in the game. He still managed to steal 24 bases despite the relatively modest on-base percentage, but his line at the plate was good for just an 80 wRC+ for the season.