The Kansas City Royals just cut ties with second baseman Omar Infante, despite Infante having another year and a half left on his contract.
Now, according to a tweet from ESPN's Alex Cora, the Royals are interested in Jose Reyes to take Infante's place. Cora does not name a source.
Reyes was designated for assignment by the Rockies almost immediately following his 51-game suspension for domestic violence. The suspension was the result of a domestic violence charge from an October incident in Hawaii. Though charges there were dropped, Reyes received a suspension that was among the first under Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy. He served it without appeal.
Last season, Reyes was dealt by Toronto to Colorado in a trade centered around Troy Tulowitzki, and batted a combined .274/.310/.378 for the Blue Jays and Rockies. He had not yet rejoined the Rockies at the end of his suspension, but in nine games for Triple-A Albuquerque he was 10-for-33 at the plate.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale believes adamantly that no team will sign Reyes and his baggage:
They have 10 days to release him or trade him, knowing that no one will claim him on waivers. And considering that they’ve been trying to trade him ever since they acquired him last July in the Troy Tulowitzki deal, and no one has shown interest, he’ll certainly be released.
The Royals, consistent with club policy, have not commented on the rumor.