After being suspended for violating the league's domestic violence policy, the Colorado Rockies have designated Jose Reyes for assignment. The team will have 10 days to either trade, release, or send Reyes to the minor leagues. The team will be forced to eat $44 million that is owed to Reyes, as well as a $4 million buyout for the 2018 season.
On Halloween of 2015, Reyes was arrested in Hawaii after a hotel security guard alerted authorities of abrasions on the shortstop's wife. The former Mets star posted bail and was suspended through May 31 by Major League Baseball. Prosecutors dropped the assault charges levied at Reyes in April after his wife would not cooperate with investigators.
Reyes has not played since October 4 of last season and is currently on a rehab assignment in the Rockies farm system.
Jose Reyes started his career with the New York Mets in 2003 at the age of 20 and played in Flushing, N.Y. for nine seasons. All four of his all-star selections game while playing with the Mets, as did his batting title in 2011 when he hit .337 and led the league with 16 triples.
Despite being heavily prone to injuries throughout his career, he is third on the franchise's all-time hits list and holds the club record for career triples with 99.
The following offseason he signed a six-year contract worth $106 million with the inter-division rival Miami Marlins. After just one season in South Beach, Reyes was part of an 12-player blockbuster trade between Miami and the Toronto Blue Jays. Traded by the Miami Marlins with Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and cash to the Blue Jays for Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jake Marisnick, Jeff Mathis, and Justin Nicolino.
Three more injury riddled seasons in Toronto resulted in Reyes being part of another salary-dump blockbuster trade with the Rockies, which included Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins going to Canada for Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Jesus Tinoco, and Miguel Castro.
Since the trade deadline blockbuster, Reyes has only played in 47 games for the Rockies and has 50 hits in 193 at bats.
When looking for a possible trade partner for Colorado, a return to the National League East could potentially be in Reyes' future. The Washington Nationals are currently playing Danny Espinosa at shortstop with a .224 batting average this season. A healthy Jose Reyes could be the final push Washington needs to make a playoff push come the fall.