A corresponding move to create room for Reyes on the 25-man roster will presumably come tomorrow. Looking at their roster, Matt Reynolds or Alejandro De Aza stand out as possible cuts — Reyes could take Reynolds’ place as a backup shortstop, while De Aza has essentially been an odd man out on New York’s roster all season. While Reyes is expected to take over from Wilmer Flores as the regular third baseman, Flores may have saved his roster spot with an incredible 6-for-6 performance on Sunday. Reyes has also never played as much as a single game at the hot corner in his MLB career, so Flores can stick around to step back into the position if necessary.
Reyes signed a minor league deal with the Mets last week and he has since played in a combined 10 games at the low-A and Double-A levels, all at third base. The Mets owe Reyes just a prorated league minimum salary as the Rockies will absorb most of the roughly $37.9MM owed to him through the end of the 2017 season.
Reyes hasn’t played in a Major League game this season in the wake of the domestic violence incident that led to a league investigation and a suspension. The Mets’ signing of Reyes drew no shortage of criticism given this recent history, though Reyes has expressed remorse about his actions and the team believes he is deserving of another chance.