General manager Jeff Bridich described the move as "best for the organization." The team reinstated Reyes from the restricted list before finalizing the roster change. Rumors began about the teams that could have interest, including Reyes' former team, the Mets. New York has since shot down those talks, saying they have no interest.
The former batting champion did not participate in Spring Training, and was suspended through May 31st for violating the league's domestic violence policy. That suspension stems from an altercation with his wife in October.
The troubled star is still owed $39 million from his six-year, $106 million contract he signed with the Miami Marlins.
The Kansas City Royals also cut ties with a struggling infielder, but these struggles came on the field. The defending World Series champions designated Omar Infante for assignment on Thursday. If he is not traded or claimed on waivers, Kansas City will owe the veteran the remainder of the $7.75 million for this season, $8 million for next year, and a $2 million buyout for 2018.
Infante signed a four-year, $30.25 million contract with the Royals before the 2014 campaign, a deal the organization now regrets. General manager Dayton Moore said "it's a mistake you don't like to make. You don't like to spend unnecessarily."
The 34-year-old was hitting just .239 with 11 RBIs in 39 games this season. This after recording a .220 average in 124 games last season. It is unlikely that Infante will be claimed or traded to another team, which may mark the end of his career.
The middle-infielder has bounced around in the league, beginning with the Detroit Tigers. He spent the first six seasons with Detroit, and had stops with Atlanta and Miami, before returning to the Tigers. He reached the World Series during both stints with his original club.
Infante is a career .271 hitter, making him a quality utility man for much of his career. It seems as if those days are now behind him, and the Royals are ready to move forward without the struggling veteran.