Veteran infielder Jose Reyes is planning to play the 2019 season, Anthony Rieber of Newsday reports on Twitter. When last we checked in, Reyes had indicated uncertainty as to whether he’d continue his playing career.
The question remains whether Reyes will receive an appealing opportunity. His on-field decline is certainly part of the picture. But Reyes will likely find it especially hard to get another chance given that he was arrested and charged with attacking his wife in 2015. While the charges were ultimately dropped when she decided not to testify, Reyes has acknowledged making a “terrible mistake” and was suspended under the league’s domestic violence policy.
That terribly unfortunate event ultimately set the stage for Reyes to return to the Mets, where he has played for the past three seasons. While he certainly did not rediscover his prior All-Star form, Reyes was an effective player for the organization in the first two years of the deal. He struggled last year, however, with a career-worst .189/.260/.320 batting line in 251 plate appearances.
Under the circumstances, it’s all but impossible to imagine the 35-year-old securing a 40-man roster spot. Some organizations may decide not to consider hiring him at all. Still, there’s little doubt that the switch-hitter remains worthy of a non-roster contract from an on-field perspective, so it would not be surprising to see him catch on somewhere if he’s willing to take a minor-league deal.
Seems like there are plenty of bad infielders without a DV case out there
Minor league deal with the Pirates maybe?
And why would they do something so insane?
a minor league deal being insane? that doesn’t quite make sense.
Minor league deal 300/10?!?!
If that player is Jose Reyes. You’re really going to sign someone who is bad at the game and beats their wife to a minor league deal when there are hundreds of other better infielders who don’t beat their wives without a deal? Yeah, any team signing Jose Reyes to a major or minor league deal is insane.
Hundreds of minor leaguers who don’t stink at baseball to boot.
I’m not sure why anybody would waste a roster spot on him. Even without the baggage he was just terrible last season. Can’t hit, can’t field… Why would anyone need that even in the minors?
Yea, I’d rather put my trust into Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer, or Erik Gonzalez at short over Reyes.
I get Cindy Crawford date? Reyes gets Pirate minors deal? Same odds! A lot! LOL!
Time to retire.
Think, before the next time you do something stupid.
I also would like to play in 2019 which is probably more likely.
Not really, the Cubs kept Russell.
Yeah and Russell will never be anywhere the ballplayer Reyes was!
Screw Reyes. But these jokes are getting old. “I intend to date a supermodel…, but… .” It’s written on every post about a guy seeking a deal.
bet you are real fun at parties
and I hope to win the lotto
Go to the D.R . And take as many illegal preforming substances you can find. Maybe catch on with a team there working out and if someone has a major injury on a mlb roster you might play a few games before getting suspended. Worth a shot.
Yeah, might help them bounce back from aging like Ortiz, Cruz, Cano and others who’ve been linked to PED use and were productive during and past their age 35 season.
Seems you forgot Joe Carter
The LIDOM season ended yesterday and doesn’t start up again until after the WS, but he can always make a play there next season for that $200/game.
He has been AWFUL since the start of the 2015 season. He’s been a bad hitter and an even worse defender. He made $46,000,000 in that time to produce -0.7 bWAR. He was worth -0.8 bWAR last year and -0.6 bWAR in 2017. He’s a piece of garbage individual and there is no reason any team in the league should even offer him a minor league deal. There are plenty of other bad infielders available on minor league deals who haven’t beat their spouse.
There’s always the Independent Leagues…..
He lives in Eastern Long Island, I believe. He should join the LI Ducks.
If he gets an at bat against Osuna, who do we want to win?
Unless, of course, Houston wants to pick up another woman beater while the price is low. Stash him in AAA.
It’s like a hockey goon! Sadly funny.
Osuna is actually a good player. Reyes couldn’t start for a AA team.
But Osuna, like Reyes, is a woman beater
And the Astros picked Osuna up on the cheap because, as a woman beater, nobody else really wanted him.
Pray for the lights to go out, so I don’t have to watch it.
Me too, Jose, me too. The last two seasons were pretty dreadful. Maybe japan for a year and rebuild your stock. One of my favorite players to watch in his prime. It would be appropriate if him and Wright played their last game together though.
There is no rebuilding his stock. He’s a bad player and an even worse person.
Wright already played his last game.
So did Reyes. They played together.
Reyes last game was the day after Wright.
It really doesn’t matter that much. Reyes’ last at bat in a Mets uniform should have been the final game of 2011, when he selfishly left the game after a bunt single to preserve the batting title.
The mets should have never let a woman beater return home to play for them. The Rockies showed character by cutting him upon his return from the suspension.
I am sure teams are chomping at the bit for a past their prime -1 WAR utility infielder.
Given his baggage, his agent should give the Chicago Cubs a call.
he’s been garbage for a few years now. Probably since his first year in Toronto. Good luck, wife beater.
If you follow baseball he was actually pretty good in 2017
He doesn’t deserve to be in MLB, let him go to KBO or Mexico.
So what this article implies is that now, since he can’t produce, it’s morally reprehensible to employ him?
Not at all. It makes clear the reality of the situation: some teams will not want to employ him at all, due to his terrible act. How many? Unclear. But if he was still capable of more on the ballfield, there’d probably be more teams with interest.
I did not offer my opinion in the post. Had I done so, I can assure you that it would not be the one you suggest (i.e., that his baseball ability bears at all upon whether it is moral to employ him).
Here are the facts about reyes the virus 1) 2007 and 2008 biggest collapses in MLB history Reyes hit under 200 during both collapses and made everyone lose focus and urgency. 2) the blue Jays were under 500 with Reyes then they got rid of him and they started to win and went to the ALCS 2 years in a row 3)Rockies got 16 games worse after they acquired Reyes 4)The Marlins got rid of Reyes in the first year of a 5 year contract 5)2017 mets underachieving disaster 22 games under 500 with Reyes 6)2018 once again disaster, overall 30 games under 500 since Reyes returned. 7)last game Shea stadium history loss with Reyes. First game citi field history loss with Reyes. Reyes is the rare athlete that infects guys around him his laughing and overall personality doesn’t allow guys to have the right mindset to perform at their highest capabilities which is why the biggest collapses in history happened with Reyes . it’s been 2 decades of the same disaster result. Mets were in the World Series in 2015 before he showed up
Epic. Thank you
2) Jays under 500… they got Tulo to replace Reyes. So was it Reyes gone or Tulo here? I get the pattern but still.
I’d be perfectly fine never seeing him on a field again.
Long Island Ducks just found themselves another player…
No way Jose!
Long Island Ducks on line one
Pete and repeat…
As a Mets fan, could a division rival (outside of Marlins) sign him ASAP. Know year just started it I would take that as my early Christmas present for the next holiday.
‘continue to play’ would seem to imply he played last season,a statement most Mets fans would probably dispute…
But yeah, being old, bad, and PR kryptonite is a combination GMs salivate over, right?
This situation has Long Island Ducks written all over it
Haven’t seen that one before…
Sounds like his best option is for his agent to approach the Mets about a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training…
If he’s willing to prove himself, one team I see. The Mets on a MLB deal. He may have to stay in the minors but could be an injury call up. Despite his baggage, the organization proved at minimal cost, they’ll use him.
Meant minor league deal.
I don’t know how fast he is still but could he get picked up as a post-season pinch runner?
Sign him up!
Should try out for the Mexican league or something
Long Island Ducks
Where have I seen that one?
There’s a lot of 35 year old guys out there who haven’t lost near as much of their skill set hoping for one more chance. Even without the PR baggage, he’d be a “Vegas won’t give odds on that” longshot. Sometimes you need to know when to be grateful for what was and quietly fade away.
The Mets will sign him and start him at shortstop.
Reyes forgot how to hit years ago. If any team wants an all glove/no stick INF, they’re a dime a dozen. Nobody gonna waste a roster spot on this clown.
He forgot how to hit a baseball. He hasn’t forgotten how to hit women.
The nerve on this guy after he grifted millions for subpar play.
Your not considered for a pension in the NFL unless your a wife beater. Hell……they even run commercials of players asking to stop the domestic violence. So is MLB going to start catering to wife beaters like the NFL?
An all-world talent with a 5 cent head. One of the dumbest baseball player I’ve ever seen wear a Blue Jays uniform. Now that he’s older his all-world talent isn’t what it once was.
Reyes is the man. He plays hard and he’s passionate. I just don’t think there’s much of anything left. I wish the Mets would bring him back for one last shot, but I realize that ain’t gonna happen. And to all the Reyes haters, eat me.
No thanks, whatever rotted your brain could be contagious…
At least I have a brain to rot.
You misspelled Jose’s name. It’s S-C-U-M-B-A-G, not R-E-Y-E-S
I’m not going to get into the woman beater stuff. It’s awful.
But he flat out sucked last year. Why would you want him back?
No way Jose.
Who would want this guy on their team? He offers less than replacement value and poor defense and a PR nightmare… it’s a harsh reality that everyone who plays professional sports has to ultimately accept, when your mind and your body are no longer on the same page and you can’t hack it anymore, it’s time to retire. It’s that time for Jose.
He can play all he wants. I just don’t think there’s anyone willing to pay him money to play baseball.
Let’s not discount his legendary pitching performance. He could re-purpose himself as a circus act bullpen guy and eventually figure it out. His ceiling has to be at least late career Bartolo, right?.
Sounds like that tv show “El Gordo y la Flaca”…
Reyes won’t win husband of the year. But great teammate and great in clubhouse. He is absolutely D-O-N-E. He was absolutely old at bat and in the field. Without his athleticism he is worthless. He never had good instincts. But good career leaves Mets as 2nd in career hits.
The headline and the opening paragraph are two distinctly different things. Hope and Plan.
Plan and Hope.
I hope to play in the major leagues in 2019 also.
But no one plans to sign me.
I hope to hit the lottery, I hope to date a super model who wants to cook for me.