Get Jose Reyes in the lineup everydayIt doesn’t matter how manager Terry Collins finds a way to do it, but it has to be done. Jose Reyes needs to be in the starting lineup every day he possibly can be in 2017. The spark he provided during the Mets’ stretch run in 2016 was a significant part of what got them to the NL Wild Card game.
The shortstop turned utility-man provided an expected on-base and speed boost last season, along with unexpected power hitting, including 13 doubles, four triples, and eight home runs in just 60 games. Reyes also played a very solid third base, showing he still has a plus-arm from his time at short, as well as the range and charging ability necessary for him to play at the hot corner for an extended period of time.
Incumbent third baseman David Wright is coming off another sub-40 game season, and his spinal stenosis is worse than ever. The consummate pro is confident that he’ll be able to participate in 130 games this upcoming season if he’s used correctly, but that sounds a little unrealistic. That could open plenty of opportunities for Reyes to step in for him throughout the season.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Neil Walker are both coming off serious and nagging injury issues from last season, and Reyes has more than enough ability to step in at those positions as well should that duo need a rest at any point.
Team brass have shown an interest in giving Reyes time in the outfield during Spring Training, opening up another opportunity for him to find time in the lineup in 2017.