After reinstating Jose Reyes from the Restricted List, the Colorado Rockies announced on Wednesday that the shortstop has been designated for assignment.
Shortstop Jose Reyes has been designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/n12fW33aRh
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 15, 2016
Jose Reyes Designated For Assignment
The 33-year-old has not played an inning this season after the Rockies placed him on paid administrative leave in Spring Training, following Major League Baseball’s investigation into an October domestic violence incident in Hawaii involving Reyes and his wife. The League announced in May that Reyes would be suspended through May 31, after finding that he violated MLB’s Domestic Violence Policy.
Reyes was traded to the Rockies in the deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. At the time of his DFA, he was on a rehab assignment with AAA Albuquerque, according to the Rockies press release. He hit .303 and scored seven runs in nine games.
Once considered by many as the best shortstop in the game, Reyes was a four-time NL All-Star with the New York Mets. He led the National League in stolen bases three times (2005-2007), and led the league in hits with 204 in 2008. In December of 2011, he signed a six-year deal with the Miami Marlins worth just over $100 million. He was then traded to the Toronto Blue Jays after the 2012 season. He played north of the border just over two seasons before being shipped to Denver.
The Rockies have ten days to trade or release Reyes. If he’s not traded or released, he could accept an assignment to the minors if the Rockies choose to go that route. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the club saved a substantial amount of money paying and dumping Reyes, rather than holding on to Tulowitzki.
Correction on how much #Rockies saved in Tulowitzki-for-Reyes exchange: It was $50M, not almost $60M. That includes money still owed Reyes.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 15, 2016
In 2016, the Rockies haven’t skipped a beat without Reyes in the lineup. Rookie shortstop Trevor Story got off to a historic pace, tying a MLB rookie record with ten homers in the month of April. Story currently sits at seventeen homers and forty-five RBI, and could very well end up in San Diego representing the NL in the 2016 All-Star Game.