As we await a decision from the MLB on Jose Reyes and his domestic violence case, it appears that the Colorado Rockies would rather that he await the decision elsewhere.
Major League Baseball has decisions to make in regards to the Yankees‘ Aroldis Chapman, the Dodgers‘ Yasiel Puig and Reyes. While the early rumors are that Chapman will be banned from spring training, no decisions have been made just yet for the trio. Before we get into Reyes, I can’t possibly imagine that the MLB is stupid enough to come up with a number of games that these players should be suspended for, and then have spring training games count as part of their suspensions, unless they’re tacked on in addition to the regular season games that they should miss.
It doesn’t exactly send the best message to say, “Don’t abuse women, or else you’ll miss these exhibition games!” Where it really hurts these players is if they are banned from spring training and then suspended for X-amount of regular season games, preventing themselves from getting ready for big league action as part of their punishment, likely needing to play minor league games before making their 2016 debuts.
Last week, I wrote about how Ian Desmond makes perfect sense for the Colorado Rockies while Reyes is suspended. The Rockies have the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, which is protected thanks to a 94-loss season last year. Signing Desmond gives the Rockies insurance at shortstop, and also a piece to sell off at the trade deadline if they so choose. They could also hang onto him and give him a qualifying offer in order to collect a draft pick at the end of the season.
Reyes is still owed $22 million in each of the next two seasons with a $22 million club option for 2019, which I’m sure they’d be more than happy to buy out for $4 million.
You have to take into account that Reyes is relatively new to the Rockies organization, coming over last summer in the trade for Troy Tulowitzki, so this could get ugly fairly quickly with the Rockies telling him to stay away. If they do tell him that it’s a good idea to steer clear of Rockies spring training, essentially not supporting him — which obviously he doesn’t deserve their support — he does have to come back at some point, because I highly doubt a team will bite on a player that’s owed that kind of money and had a .688 OPS last year in addition to his baggage. Surely a situation to keep an eye on as the season gets underway.