After Jose Reyes‘ recent run-in with the law, it is time for the Colorado Rockies to trade or release the former All-Star shortstop.
On November 9th, Jose Reyes was arrested on the suspicion of domestic violence, stemming from an October 31st altercation with his wife. Supposedly, Jose Reyes grabbed his wife by the throat and slammed her into a sliding glass door. The incident occurred when the couple were in Hawaii. Reyes’ wife went to the hospital to treat multiple injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist. Jose Reyes has since been released on bail; however, the Colorado Rockies need to cut ties with the recently acquired shortstop.
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The Colorado Rockies acquired Jose Reyes and a trio of prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins. Reyes is in the midst of a six-year, $106M deal that he signed in 2012 as a member of the Miami Marlins. The Rockies, likely, viewed Reyes as a stop-gap at shortstop until Trevor Story was ready for the MLB. Reyes’ last All-Star season came as a member of the New York Mets in 2011, and his production has continually declined since the 2011 season.
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Jose Reyes accumulated four All-Star selections within a six-year period as a member of the New York Mets; however, since the Mets let him walk via free agency after the 2011 season, he has not resembled the same players. After one full season with the Marlins, they traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays, and Jose Reyes scrutinized the Marlins’ upper management for how they treated him and made false promises. Reyes filled the Blue Jays’ void at shortstop in 2013.
However, as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Reyes battled injuries time after time. In his first season with the Blue Jays, Reyes played in a combined 93 games, landing on the DL multiple times. Reyes rebounded in 2014, playing in 143 games, but he posted one of his worst offensive seasons of his career, starting his decline as one of the best hitting shortstops in baseball. Following his 2014 season, Reyes started the 2015 season as the Blue Jays’ every day shortstop.
After registering 69 games with the Blue Jays in 2015, the team was in the midst of a playoff-push; thus, the team looked to bolster their already-potent lineup. The Blue Jays gave the Colorado Rockies a solid offer for Troy Tulowitzki, and the trade between the two teams transpired. Many people blasted the Rockies’ upper management for how they handled the Tulowitzki situation, and rightly so. As the face of the franchise, Troy Tulowitzki deserved better.
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The Rockies downgraded significantly at shortstop, but they added three pitching prospects to their farm system that is loaded with highly-touted bats. As a member of the Rockies, Jose Reyes looked awful, posting a .259/.291/.368 slash line; moreover, he plays poor defense and lacks range. Also, his legs are escaping him with each additional year. In 2015, between two teams, he registered his lowest stolen base total of his career. Reyes saw his stolen base total diminish from 40 in 2012 to 24 in 2015.
Also, Jose Reyes’ value comes as a high-contact, high-OBP player, but his time with Rockies did not exemplify that type of player. In 47 games with the Rockies, Reyes walked just nine times, and he stole an underwhelming eight bases. Notably, Jose Reyes was caught stealing four times in his twelve attempts. With Reyes’ on-going domestic violence case and lack of production, the Rockies need to cut ties with the former All-Star. He is a shadow of his former self, and the Rockies do not need his distractions on the team.
The Colorado Rockies have Trevor Story ready-and-waiting to assume the starting shortstop gig; therefore, the Rockies need to either trade Jose Reyes (if anyone wants him) or release him. It remains to be seen what type of punishment Reyes faces with the MLB’s new domestic violence policy. However, he is likely to be punished to some degree from commissioner Rob Manfred. Colorado Rockies, do the right thing and get rid of Jose Reyes, please! Oh, and how bad does that Tulo trade look now?