This afternoon, Colorado Rockies SS Jose Reyes was designated for assignment by his team, immediately going onto waivers. It is certain he will pass through waivers unclaimed, and most likely become a free agent.
If someone told me last season that Colorado would release Jose Reyes after their blockbuster trade with Toronto, in which the Rockies gave away a franchise SS caliber player in Tulowitzki, I would not believe them. Jose has seen his fair share of teams, spending time with the Marllins, Mets, Blue Jays, and Rockies. However now he will look for a fifth team to become a part of.
The reason that this wasn’t so much of a shock is due to the factors making Reyes not so valuable to Colorado than his skill level would show. First off, he is just coming off a domestic violence arrest in the off-season, which granted him a suspension for the beginning part of this year.
Reyes would probably have a job coming off of his suspension had it not been for rookie sensation Trevor Story. The 23 year old SS can hit for power, field, and run well. He got internet fame at the first week of the season, hitting 7 home runs in the team’s first 6 games, which would be a new record. It is clear that Colorado is running with him to be their next long term SS.
Jose Reyes had previously gotten some trade talk attention, so he should receive a decent amount of offers from teams around the league. However, the only surprise that came from this DFA was that the Rockies did not immediately attempt at trading them for some young talent, as they are rebuilding. It seems that Colorado wants nothing to do with him, and just wants him off their hands.