Jose Reyes, the sequel, is coming to Queens.
The Mets announced Monday that Reyes will be activated Tuesday after an 11-game stint in the minor leagues. No corresponding move was announced.
It’s believed that Reyes, who played shortstop during most of his first tenure with the Mets, will play third base. He was 1-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base and a caught stealing for Double-A Binghamton on Sunday and 0-for-4 Monday to make him 6-for-34 (.176) in his minor-league assignment with the Mets.
Before the game, Terry Collins said he didn’t believe he’d see Reyes on Tuesday (clearly, plans change) but that he planned to hit him leadoff and move Curtis Granderson down to the two-hole. Reyes is a career .292 hitter with a .776 OPS from the leadoff spot.
“I think it’s a good spot” for Granderson despite his seven leadoff homers, Collins said. “Jose being a switch hitter, Grandy has the ability to pull, and if Jose is on, we have a lot of holes open . . . He kind of brings a little bit to the table at that spot.”
Reyes served 52 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic-violence policy after he was charged with assaulting his wife, Katherine Ramirez, at a Maui hotel in October — an incident in which he allegedly grabbed her by the throat and shoved her into a sliding-glass door. Ramirez suffered multiple injuries but the case was dropped when she declined to cooperate with the investigation.
Reyes was released by Colorado last month after serving his suspension, meaning the Rockies are on the hook for $38 million while the Mets take on a negligible financial commitment. That doesn’t mean that the move is without risk, though, and blowback from Reyes’ actions, as well as the team’s decision to give him a second chance, could be considerable.
Reyes, 33, hit .274 with the Rockies and Blue Jays last year, with 53 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 116 games. He himself admits he’s lost a step, but he still brings speed and versatility to the lineup. It remains to be seen how he will adapt to the new position. Aside from 43 games at second base in 2004, the four-time All-Star has never played anything but shortstop in his major-league career.
Collins, who will manage the National League All-Star team, said making the selections for the final roster — which will be revealed Tuesday — has been anything but easy. “There are numerous guys who are going to be left off who are deserving to be on the team,” Collins said. “I was told it was not much fun and they are correct.”
One guy who might make it easy is closer Jeurys Familia. Asked if he deserves one of the reliever spots, Collins answered in the affirmative. He’s “28-for-28 [in save opportunities],” he said before the game, in which Familia earned No. 29. “I’ve looked around the league and I don’t know anybody else who’s got that. He’s going to make a good case for himself.”