Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Mets reliever Denyi Reyes has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A. That leaves Reyes to remain in the Mets organization going forward. Reyes had been designated for assignment last week in order to make room for outfielder DJ Steward on the 40-man roster.
The 26-year-old righty made his major league debut with the Orioles last year, pitching to a 2.35 ERA in 7 2/3 innings of work before being outrighted off the 40-man roster following the 2022 campaign. Reyes elected free agency shortly thereafter and landed with the Mets on a minor league deal back in November.
While Reyes did not make the club’s initial Opening Day roster, he was added to the roster just days later after right-hander Tommy Hunter was placed on the injured list. In his first five appearances with the club this season, Reyes threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts against just two walks and three hits. Reyes’s impressive results led the club to option him down to Triple-A and attempt to stretch him out as a starter, but that plan quickly went off the rails. Reyes hasn’t had a scoreless appearance since being stretched out, allowing five runs in just one inning during his lone major league start of the season against the Braves. Since that disastrous start, Reyes owns a 6.81 ERA in 39 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level.
Given those struggles, it’s hardly a surprise that the Mets decided to pull the plug on Reyes as a member of the 40-man roster. Still, the right-hander could prove to be valuable depth for the club going forward if he can recapture the form he flashed earlier in the season out of the bullpen, given his status as an optionable relief arm in a Mets bullpen that ranks bottom ten in the majors with an ERA of 4.12.