The New York Mets announced today that they signed free agent infielder Jose Reyes to a minor league contract. Reyes, 33, will return to the team he broke into the major leagues with back in 2003. The four-time All-Star and three-time NL Stolen base leader spent nine seasons in Queens; evolving into a fan favorite during his tenure.
Reyes will report to the Mets New York-Penn League Class A affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones and is expected to play in Sunday's afternoon game in Coney Island. Reyes has been under fire for a domestic violence episode when he allegedly assaulted his wife back in October of 2015.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson issued a statement about the signing of the embattled infielder and provided assurance that Reyes has learned from his mistake.
"We made the decision to offer a contract to Jose after extensive consideration and discussion with Jose, his representatives, Major League Baseball and various departments at the Mets," said Alderson in an official press release. "We are convinced that Jose has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences and have confirmed he is taking steps beyond those prescribed by MLB, including ongoing counseling. Accordingly, we believe he deserves a second chance to return to our organization."
Reyes maintains a home in Long Island and will return home to the Mets for the first time since the 2011 season when he won the NL batting title. The Amazin's will likely plug Reyes in at third base, yet Alderson did not rule out the possibility of the switch hitter playing multiple positions. A two-time Minor League Player of the Year, Reyes will debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones this week, then according to Alderson could be up with the big league club in 7-10 days. Reyes shared his thoughts on a reunion with the Blue and Orange and acknowledged he has been undergoing ongoing counseling since domestic violence dispute.
"As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred and remain remorseful and apologetic to my family," said Reyes in a prepared statement. "I have completed the counseling required by MLB, have been in ongoing therapy, and will continue with counseling going forward. I appreciate the Mets organization for believing in me and providing the opportunity to come back home to New York."