Mets fans and Amed Rosario owners wanted Jose Reyes out of the picture after a disastrous first three months of 2017, but a second-half surge brought Reyes' numbers to respectable levels when it was all said and done. Reyes hit over .300 in July and September, adding six homers, 18 RBI and eight stolen bases over the final four weeks. The 34-year-old put the ball in play consistently (14.1 percent strikeout rate) and walked at an above-average clip, but the batted-ball and hard-hit numbers weren't especially encouraging; he had just a .233 xAVG and .316 xwOBA. Reyes finished fifth in the National League in steals and speed is an increasingly rare attribute heading into 2018. His three-position eligibility (2B, SS, 3B) is a strong selling point as well, but keep in mind that stolen bases are closely tied to playing time and managerial tendencies, so a lot will hinge on where he ends up in free agency.
Reyes is expected to see some time in the outfield this spring, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Reyes made two appearances in the outfield last season, so it's not completely unprecedented. At this point in his career, the 34-year-old will likely need to rely on positional flexibility to get in the lineup, so this could prove to be a decent move for him. This is especially pertinent while Michael Conforto (shoulder) is sidelined.
Reyes signed a one-year contract with the Mets on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Reyes is set to return to New York for another season, though he's expected to fill a utility role in 2018 after starting 126 games around the Mets' infield in 2017. While the 34-year-old hit .246/.315/.413 with a respectable 15 homers and 24 stolen bases last season, his counting stats will likely regress in line with his playing time in 2018, leaving him off the fantasy radar in most formats.
Reyes is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports. Reyes has pieced together a strong month of September, but he'll make his way to the bench for the final game of the season. Gavin Cecchini draws the start at second base in his stead.
Reyes went 4-for-5 with his 14th homer, two RBI and two runs against the Marlins on Tuesday. The veteran infielder continues to impress with this late-season surge -- over his last 22 games, Reyes has hit .389 with five homers, eight steals, 16 RBI and 22 runs. That's some impressive stat stuffing from a guy who was looking washed up earlier in the season.
Reyes went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in Wednesday's 17-5 loss to the Cubs. He's been on an absolute tear over his 17 games since returning from an oblique injury, having gone 22-for-63 (.349) with four homers, six steals, 11 RBI and 17 runs. For most of this season, there wasn't much to say that some life remains in the 34-year-old's bat, but his strong end run and multi-position eligibility combine to make Reyes a fine player to own down the stretch.