Reyes is expected to open the year as a corner outfielder while Domingo Santana starts at designated hitter, MLB.com's Mandy Bell reports. Reyes and Jordan Luplow are the frontrunners to start in the corner outfield spots, according to Bell, while Oscar Mercado is set to start in center field while Delino DeShields works as the fourth outfielder. Jake Bauers could also make the team as a fifth outfielder and Tyler Naquin (knee) could be healthy by the time the season starts, which would likely push Luplow to the short side of a platoon. Reyes came into camp 18 pounds lighter, and while he probably still won't be great in the outfield, Santana is one of the worst defensive outfielders in baseball, so this alignment makes sense if Cleveland is intent on starting Santana. Reyes has only ever started in right field and DH in his career.
Reyes went 12-for-27 with five home runs, 11 RBI and a stolen base across 10 games in spring training. Reyes lost 18 pounds over the offseason, and it was clear from the start that he was feeling good at the dish. He clubbed 37 home runs and drove in 81 runs across 150 contests in 2019 and is expected to spend the majority of his time in the designated hitter slot for Cleveland once the 2020 campaign gets underway.
Reyes dropped 18 pounds over the winter, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Reyes didn't earn high marks for his fielding with the Padres before coming to Cleveland in a midseason trade last year. Now in the American League, Reyes doesn't need to be a good fielder, as all but three of his starts came as a designated hitter following the trade. Still, showing up in better shape certainly doesn't hurt, and if he can be at least a passable option in the field he'll help Cleveland's lineup flexibility this season.
Reyes is not in the lineup Friday against the Nationals. With the series being played under National League rules, Reyes can't fill his typical designated hitter spot. Cleveland has trusted him with an outfield role just once since acquiring him at the trade deadline, so there's a chance he's already made his final start of the year.
Reyes went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's win over the Phillies. Reyes capped the scoring for the Indians with a round tripper to right field in the seventh inning. The home run was his second in four games since returning from a two-game absence Thursday. The 24-year-old is slashing .243/.307/.505 with 36 homers and 79 RBI in 145 games between San Diego and Cleveland this season.