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Jose Reyes Reportedly Signs 1-Year Contract to Rejoin Mets

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2018

New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Laurence Kesterson/Associated Press

Jose Reyes will return to the New York Mets in 2018 after re-signing with the team on a one year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. 

While the team still needs help at both second and third base, he is expected to simply fill a utility role.

The 34-year-old appeared in 145 games last season in his second stint with the Mets, hitting 15 home runs with 24 stolen bases. His .246 batting average was the lowest of his 15-year career, although he did showcase his versatility in the field.

After playing mostly shortstop throughout his career, Reyes spent time at third base, second base, left field and center field at different points in 2017. Even if his range was a question mark, he only made eight errors all year despite the changing roles.

The four-time All-Star was once one of the most feared leadoff hitters in baseball, winning one batting title while leading the league in stolen bases three times. He enters 2018 with 512 career stolen bases, first among active players.

His career hasn't quite been the same since signing a six-year, $106 million deal in 2011 that took him to the Marlins, Blue Jays and Rockies before circling back to the Mets, where he began his career. His comfort level also likely helped him stay with his current team.

"This is home, this is where I live, this is where my family is at," the veteran explained in September, per Matt Ehalt of Newsday. "I already made my money. I feel like this team has a good opportunity next year, if everybody stays healthy, to win. I want to come back."

With New York likely relying upon young infielders like Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith next season, retaining Reyes gives the squad a serviceable player who can field multiple positions. At the very least, he should provide valuable depth at a reasonable price.

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