The Dominican Republic baseball legend with a .290 career batting average, Jose Reyes returned to the New York Mets last week on a minor league deal. The four-time NL All-Star who last played for the Colorado Rockies was suspended earlier this year for domestic violence against his wife while they were on vacation.
So, what happened to Jose Reyes? The game changer, leadoff batter, and bag stealer?
Reyes left New York after the 2011 season to sign with the Miami Marlins for 6 years, $106 million, joining Greg Dobbs, Mike Cameron, Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, and draftee, Jose Fernandez. However, the Marlins produced no more than a flash in the pan in terms on progression and were almost forced, due to salary cap reasons, to trade Reyes and a handful of other established players to the Toronto Blue Jays in November of 2013. However, from there, the decline of Reyes slowly, but surely began.
In April of 2013, following the trade from the past November, Reyes was carted off the field after hearing a pop in his left ankle while chasing a ball.
After a few unproductive and poor seasons plagued by injuries, Reyes was traded to the Colorado Rockies in July of 2015, in the blockbuster deal that brought Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, and budding pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman to the Rockies.
In 132 games with his new club, Reyes batted a respective .274 and was poised for a major, bounce back season.
However, during the 2015-2016 offseason, Reyes was charged with domestic violence against his wife, while the two were on vacation in Hawaii. On February 23, 2016, commissioner Robert Manfred stated that Reyes would be suspended for 50 gamed without pay.
After reinstatement on May 31, Reyes was assigned to a rehab stint in the minors. On June 15th however, Reyes would be designated for assignment and would be signed to a reunion with the New York Mets, his starting club (2003-2011).
As the story progresses, one will not simply know how this will work out; whether Reyes would return to old form or decline steadily.