Jose Reyes, who was cut the Colorado Rockies earlier in June after serving a 59-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, has signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets, the team that signed him as an amateur free agent in 1999 out of the Dominican Republic.
The team announced the deal Saturday morning. Reyes will report to Low-A Brooklyn on Sunday.
Reyes was suspended through May 31 after being charged with domestic violence for an altercation with his wife in Hawaii last October. Prosecutors dropped the charge ahead of a trial scheduled April 4, saying Reyes' wife was not cooperating.
Following the suspension, Reyes was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he hit .333 in nine games. The Rockies designated the four-time All-Star for assignment on June 15.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson released the following statement:
"We made the decision to offer a contract to Jose after extensive consideration and discussion with Jose, his representatives, Major League Baseball and various departments at the Mets. We are convinced that Jose has accepted responsibility for his actions and their consequences and have confirmed he is taking steps beyond those prescribed by MLB, including ongoing counseling. Accordingly, we believe he deserves a second chance to return to our organization."
Reyes issued the following statement after signing with the Mets:
"As I have expressed in the past, I deeply regret the incident that occurred and remain remorseful and apologetic to my family. I have completed the counseling required by MLB, have been in ongoing therapy, and will continue with counseling going forward. I appreciate the Mets organization for believing in me and providing the opportunity to come back home to New York."
Reyes played for the Mets from 2003 to 2011.
Following the 2011 season, he signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agent. Prior to the 2013 season, he was traded to Toronto in an 11-player blockbuster deal.
Last July, the Blue Jays dealt Reyes to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki.