Jose Reyes: Decision from MLB Coming “Soon”


According to published reports, an end to the Jose Reyes saga could be in sight “soon.”

Reyes, the Colorado Rockies shortstop acquired in a 2015 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, has been on paid administrative leave since a domestic incident in Hawaii was reported on Halloween. While charges were eventually dropped against Reyes after his wife declined to cooperate with authorities investigating the case, Major League Baseball has been investigating the incident in accordance with its newly implemented domestic violence policy.

While his wife did not cooperate with authorities, there are published reports that she was taken to the hospital in Hawaii with injuries to her neck, wrist and thigh from the incident.

At a Rockies spring training game on March 7, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told me, “It’s pretty straightforward. He’s on administrative leave. He has a hearing scheduled in early April. My expectation is that once that process plays out, we’ll be in a position that have access to all of the facts and be in a position to act quickly.”

“Quickly” was a relative term as, almost two months later, the official conclusion of Reyes’ case has yet to appear. However, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, a decision should be coming soon.

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According to Heyman, MLB is set to hand down a suspension of “at least 60 games” that, with the progression of the season already, would keep Jose Reyes out of the Rockies lineup for at least half of the 2016 campaign.

Sunday’s win against the San Francisco Giants marked the 31st game the Rockies have played this season. If Reyes is suspended 60 to 80 games as is being reported, there won’t be much of the 2016 season left for Reyes.

Reyes is owed $40 million through the end of the 2017 season. With rookie shortstop Trevor Story exploding onto the national scene and the possible public relations backlash from the Reyes incident, it’s very possible the Rockies will look to move Reyes. However, knowing the problems that could follow, will any team be open to having him on the team? Reyes has already said publicly he doesn’t want to play for a non-winning team, so to find a possible suitor might be unlikely.

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While one aspect of the Reyes saga may be coming to a close, another one will just be beginning when Reyes and the Rockies know his fate.