Jose Reyes is headed to the Disabled List…again.
Reyes injured his left hamstring on Saturday against the Yankees and was placed on the 15-Day DL today. According to ESPN, Reyes’ doctor has advised the shortstop to rest the injury for at least three weeks. This is the third consecutive year that Reyes will be placed on the DL, and for the first time, it may actually work out for the team in the long run.
This offseason, Reyes will become one of the premier free agent prizes on the market. The positives to Reyes’ game are clear. He is as fast as anyone in baseball, has a terrific arm at the most difficult defensive position and will be the catalyst for any offense he joins. The negatives are highlighted by his fondness for the DL, which has kept his lightning-quick legs from consistently rounding the bases over a 162-game season.
While many predict Reyes will be offered a nine figure contract after the World Series, this injury may lower his overall price tag, as well as discourage some teams who are interested in pursuing him, allowing the Mets to sign him at a discount.
However, one of the discouraged suitors could be the Mets, who might view this latest injury as the last straw. Passing on Reyes may prove to be the right decision eight years from now. The last thing the team needs is to assign a large chunk of their payroll to another player who is continually absent from their lineup.
The Mets are currently 9.5 games behind the Phillies in the National League East, and are 6.5 games behind in the Wild Card race. While they are far from out of contention at this point in the season, severe injuries to David Wright, Ike Davis and Johan Santana have kept the team from joining the ranks of legitimate contenders, making Reyes’ injury less devastating than it was in other seasons.