On December 7th, 2011, the Mets allowed Jose Reyes to sign in the division with the Miami Marlins. They haven’t had a true leadoff man since.
The departure of Jose Reyes kind of felt like a sad breakup. Everything was going well, and then out of no where, your significant other is handing you everything you ever bought them in an Applebee’s bag.
Sure, New York had guys like Collin Cowgill, Eric Young Jr. and Jordany Valdespin to fill the leadoff void during his absence, just to painfully name a few. But until Reyes came back to the club in June of this year when he signed a minor league deal, it was a problem.
Under MLB rules and regulations, Reyes was suspended without pay for the Rockies’ first 51 games of the season as of a result of his domestic violence charge during the offseason. Colorado would subsequently release him as well.
After all of this, could Reyes actually come back to the team that drafted him and produce at the top of the lineup? Or would he be a shell of his former self?