On Thursday, it was reported that infielder Jose Reyes, who made his major league debut with the Mets back in 2003, will return for the 2018 season, in a strictly utility role.
Reyes will make $2 million, with further incentives should he take more plate appearances, up to $500,000 dollars. Jose resigned with the Mets in 2016 after spending portions of the 2012-2015 seasons with the Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies and the Toronto Blue Jays.
To make room for Jose on the 40 man roster, Josh Smoker, the Mets second lefty in the bullpen, has been designated for assignment. Smoker had a had a 5.11 ERA and 4.92 FIP during the 2017 season, and is unlikely to remain with the ballclub, unless he remains un-claimed through waivers.
At the end of the day, taking on Reyes should only benefit the team. The Mets have a very real chance of building a formidable infield around Amed Rosario, who showed a lot of praise in the month and a half of play last year.
Rosario has always shown a lot of admiration for Reyes; and even as a mentor who plays a few games here and there to plug some gaps, Reyes is worth the $2 million dollars.
Additionally, while statistics are more paramount compared to camaraderie in the eyes of executives, Reyes has always had a tight connection to the Mets and the fanbase, and it’s safe to say most fans want to see him on board.
The sore part of this transaction is the pending loss of Smoker who was supposed to be a lock for the Mets second lefty, something that the Mets will need to look into, now that Blevins is in the pool of pitchers that could be a closer on any given day, and considering the Mets no longer have Josh Edgin.
Am I happy that we signed Reyes? Yes.
Would I have “traded” Reyes for Smoker? Probably not.
And that’s essentially what happened here. Reyes is a Met, Smoker won’t be, so my mixed emotions are warranted.