UPDATE: The Colorado Rockies announced on Wednesday that Jose Reyes has been designated for assignment.
I'm tired of writing about Jose Reyes. You're probably tired of reading about Jose Reyes, and I'm sure the Rockies are tired of dealing with all the baggage that comes attached with Jose Reyes, but we've reached yet another important day in his saga.
Fifteen days have passed since the end of his two month suspension for a domestic violence incident in Hawaii last fall, and that means the Rockies must move him off the reserve list today. This is significant because players on the reserve list don't take up any space on the 40-man roster, but if Reyes is still in the organization tomorrow, he will have to occupy one of those spaces. In short, this means either he or someone else currently on the 40-man roster are not going to be a Rockie 24 hours from now.
We've discussed this before, but the Rockies have three options when it comes to Reyes that I'm sure the front office has been mulling over for weeks:
1) Trade Reyes to a team desperate for middle infield help. The Rockies are likely on the hook for the vast majority of Reyes' salary no matter what, but they might be able to save a few million bucks if they find a dance partner here.
2) Release Reyes from the organization. This would be nice as the Rockies would finally be able to get this guy out of their news cycle, but it means they would be stuck eating all the money left on Reyes' contract, which is still in the $40 million neighborhood when you include the $4 million buyout in 2018.
3) Place Reyes back on the 40-man roster. I don't think the Rockies want to go down this road, but if they did, it means somebody else (probably someone like Jason Gurka, Scott Oberg, Jordan Lyles or Rafael Ynoa) would have to be designated for assignment to make room for him. As always, you can check out our wonderful Rockies Roster site to see which names might be most vulnerable.
(If the Rockies choose to Designate him For Assignment, the end result will eventually revert back to one of the first two options within ten days.)
In any case, the link at the start of this article discusses the possibility of Reyes returning to the Mets, but it's probably a long shot. However, if the Mets are willing to pay even a little bit of salary, the Rockies would be foolish not to take the deal.
Not surprisingly, this isn't a subject the Rockies want to talk much about as Mark Kiszla found out last night:
Rockies GM Jeff Bridich on what team will do with Jose Reyes on Wednesday: "No comment." Well, alrighty then.— Mark Kiszla (@markkiszla) June 15, 2016
(Even though he broke my heart with the Tulo trade [yes, I'm still devastated about that] and he made some moves I disagree with over the winter, I actually like Bridich. I'm probably a little harder on him than I should be at times, but that's mostly because I think he's a guy we can expect a lot from.)
The Jose Reyes ordeal is only part of what's turning out to be a very busy week of roster shuffling. Yesterday the Rockies placed Chris Rusin on the DL with a shoulder injury. His rotation spot was taken by Jorge De La Rosa, and his roster spot was taken by Miguel Castro who returned to game action and gave up a pair of runs during the eighth inning bullpen fire last night.
Meanwhile, Eddie Butler is being moved to the bullpen with Tyler Anderson being called up over the weekend and Rusin and De La Rosa unavailable in that role. This seems like a bit of a rough fate for Butler after the way he finished his last outing in Los Angeles, but makes sense when you take his last few outings as a group into consideration. With seven bullpen arms used last night, don't be surprised if Butler gets some work in today, especially if Chad Bettis struggles again.
In addition to all these moves, the Rockies activated Tony Wolters from the seven-day concussion disabled list and optioned Dustin Garneau back to Albuquerque.
There might even be yet another roster move today depending on the health of Gerardo Parra, who sprained his ankle yesterday in a collision with Trevor Story. Parra had to be carted off the field, but the injury apparently isn't quite as bad as it looked (the fact that it's his ankle and not his knee is good news in its own right). However, it could still require a DL stint, and if it does, Brandon Barnes is the likely replacement as he was taken out of the Isotopes game last night when Parra went down.
This is the place to keep track of all the Rockies draft pick signings news. The big fish has already been taken care of as No. 4 overall pick Riley Pint inked a deal for $4.8 million (which is about $400,000 under slot money), but deals with Robert Tyler and Ben Bowden (among others) have yet to be reached. As more news comes over the next few days on this front, we'll continue to update the draft tracker. So keep checking back in.