What to Know
- Jose Reyes played shortstop for the Mets from 2003 to 2011.
- Reyes was released by the Colorado Rockies after service a suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
- He will report to the Mets' Class A Brooklyn Cyclones.
The New York Mets signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract on Saturday, creating a reunion with the team's former star who now must overcome a suspension for domestic violence as he attempts to revive his career.
Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11, but may be used in a utility role in his return to the organization.
Reyes was cut by Colorado after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. He became a free agent on Saturday.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he believes Reyes deserves a second chance.
"We made the decision to offer a contract to Jose after extensive consideration and discussion with Jose, his representatives, Major League Baseball and various departments at the Mets," Alderson said in a statement released by the team.
"We are convinced that Jose has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences and have confirmed he is taking steps beyond those prescribed by MLB, including ongoing counseling. Accordingly, we believe he deserves a second chance to return to our organization."
The Rockies are responsible for the $39 million remaining on his contract, minus the prorated share of the $507,500 major league minimum to be paid by the Mets.
Reyes will report to the Mets' Class A Brooklyn Cyclones. The Mets say Reyes is expected to play in Sunday's game.