DENVER — A reboot to Jose Reyes’ career is not going to happen in Colorado. It doesn’t appear that it will happen in New York either.
The Rockies announced late Wednesday morning they had reinstated the 33-year-old shortstop from the restricted list and then designated him for assignment.
The club has 10 days to release the former Met or trade him. Or, Reyes, who was suspended through May 31 after violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, will have to accept an assignment to the minors.
The Mets and Yankees are not interested in Reyes at this time, according to sources.
“At the end of the day, we felt that it was best that we part ways,” Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told reporters before Wednesday afternoon’s game between his club and the Yankees. “Best for the direction of the organization, best for what was going on in the clubhouse and best for Jose.”
Reyes’ 59-game suspension occurred as a result of an incident involving his wife last October in Hawaii. Reyes was arrested and charged but those charges were dropped by prosecutors, citing a lack of cooperation by the player’s wife.
Bridich, who acquired Reyes last July 28 as part of a trade with the Blue Jays that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, said “a lot of factors” went into the decision to DFA Reyes, but he didn’t dispute the domestic violence incident was prime among them.
“Did it factor into [it]?” Bridich said. “Yeah. We’ve had a long time to mull over this and think about this . . . From the beginning, we’ve said that what’s gone on is, what seemed to have gone on between Jose and his wife, [was] both extremely disappointing and unfortunate, noting the societal ramifications of all of it. So it definitely factored in, but there were a lot of things that factored into the decision.”
Because of the performance of rookie Trevor Story (a .265/.318/.553 slash line entering Wednesday afternoon with 17 homers and 45 RBIs), the Rockies were in no rush to bring Reyes back after he served his suspension.
The team assigned him to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 1 and Reyes had a .303/.425/.485 slash line in nine games there.
Story’s efforts thus far and depth elsewhere in the organization made Reyes that much more expendable.
“I think there is some good fortune there and I think it’s a credit to Trevor in terms of how he’s worked and prepared himself and obviously taken advantage of an opportunity,” Bridich said. “All those things, sure, those were factors.”
The GM said he harbored no ill will.
“It was a short stay with us,” Bridich said. “Obviously we didn’t get to know him all that well, but there’s no reason to wish him anything but good luck. And hopefully he and his family are doing well and are able to together put this in the past and learn from this and hopefully continue to make good decisions as a family moving forward.”
With Anthony Rieber