One of the hot topics in Metsland is whether the club should bring back Jose Reyes. It’s hard not to have visions of 2011 first half Reyes dancing in our heads. It’s also hard to ignore the domestic violence charges that now are part of his resume. Here’s how some past and present Mets360 writers feel about bringing Reyes back.
Larry Smith – I am of the opinion that the Mets should not bring back Reyes. Besides for his domestic violence baggage I am not convinced that his skills are strong enough to help the team. Should the front office opt to bring him aboard I suppose the best way to use him would be at shortstop while shifting Asdrubal Cabrera to 3B. If the club is not going to trade for help at 3B (e.g. Danny Valencia) then I think it is time to shift Neil Walker to third while promoting Dilson Herrera.
David Groveman – On purely baseball terms, the Mets are better off with Reyes starting at third base/shortstop than Wilmer Flores. Reyes adds an element of speed that has been missing since the Mets let Reyes leave town in the first place. The issue with Reyes’ return is that he has committed acts that are not forgivable off the field. Players like Herrera and Gavin Cecchini are tempting internal options but neither pays immediate dividends.
Charlie Hangley – I’m on record as being against it. If the Mets are looking for a low-cost solution, the move would be to promote Herrera and shift Walker to third. I think Reyes is finished as a regular, and the PR hit would be huge. The only one really pushing for this seems to be Jeff Wilpon; enough said…
Joe Vasile – Casting aside the moral aspect of Reyes’ alleged off-field actions, signing him is not something that makes a lot of sense. He is now a 33-year-old aging speedster with a history of leg injuries who hit .274/.310/.378 in 2015 while playing in two of the most hitter-friendly environments in baseball in Toronto and Colorado. Reyes would be a nostalgia-fueled downgrade from every internal option, even Matt Reynolds.
Mike Koehler – This is a very serious decision, especially for a franchise that just settled a sexual discrimination lawsuit last year. I could be on-board with bringing Jose back if they tackle the issue proactively and show real change. On the field, I doubt his numbers are as bad as they were in Colorado – he was publicly looking to leave. He’s got to be better than the Ty Kelly or Eric Campbell.
Matt Netter – I’m so torn that I changed my mind while writing this. I say, get him but only if he is remorseful with a positive attitude and in playing shape. He could be the spark this team needs. He costs nothing. If he flops, cut him and make the Herrera/Walker move and/or a trade next month. Trades aren’t happening now and the Cuban guy will cost a lot and won’t be ready to play for at least a month.
Doug Parker – The past is a bucket of ashes. That’s Carl Sandburg, not me, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it…
Chris Walendin – I’d be extremely disappointed in the Mets if they were to acquire Reyes. This would remain my position even if Jose Reyes were the best player in the league and could be had for free. There is no “baseball side” to consider, in my opinion. Domestic violence is far more than baggage or bad optics or a PR challenge, and it needs to be unambiguously condemned.
Joe Barbieri – I don’t seem to recall too much negativity when Aroldis Chapman first took the mound in New York after serving his domestic violence-related suspension, so why should the fallout be that much different for Reyes? Even past his prime and rusty due to the layoff, Reyes should provide an upgrade to an already sputtering offense that may have just lost Yoenis Cespedes.
Rob Rogan – On one hand, what Reyes did is despicable. On the other, people make mistakes and preach forgiveness and second chances. As a professional athlete whose actions are magnified by the spotlight, he’d need to meet the public backlash with an equally aggressive effort to make amends. Maybe devoting resources (time, money, etc.) to organizations dealing with domestic abuse. As far as on the field? He’s probably toast, but this team should probably leave no stone unturned.
So, that’s our take. Now it’s your turn. Let us know how you feel by voting in the poll below: