The Mets bolstered their infield this week with the signing of free agent third baseman Todd Frazier. When the signing became official on Wednesday afternoon, it was time to create a space on the 40-man roster for the acquisition. Shortly after Frazier’s introductory press conference, the club announced that it was designating Matt Reynolds for assignment.
Originally drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2012 Draft, Reynolds played in 115 games between 2016 and 2017, filling in at every infield position as well as playing a little outfield. While his versatility was valuable, Reynolds never got going with the bat, as he hit just .228/.300/.351 in 226 career plate appearances.
New York can still retain Reynolds if he passes through waivers, but that hasn’t been the case for two of the other three players they’ve designated for assignment this offseason. Chasen Bradford was claimed by Seattle and Josh Smoker was traded to Pittsburgh, but Kevin McGowan was held onto after the Mets designated him for assignment to make room for Adrian Gonzalez and Jay Bruce.
If Reynolds does make it through waivers, it will be a tough road back to the majors. The Mets are expected to start the regular season with two infielders — Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores — on the bench, and both of them have played significant roles in the past. Reynolds might be better off catching on with one of baseball’s many rebuilding clubs and carving out a role for himself as a super utility player.