ATLANTA — The Mets signed SS Jose Reyes to a minor-league contract Saturday, reuniting with their former star who now must return from a suspension for domestic violence as he attempts to revive his career.
In a move GM Sandy Alderson said was unrelated, slumping OF Michael Conforto was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, and OF Brandon Nimmo was called up to be with the team for Saturday night's game at the Braves.
Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11 but might be used in a utility role in his return. Alderson said Reyes will play third base in his first minor-league game with short-season Class A Brooklyn today. Alderson said Reyes also will work in the outfield.
Mets 3B David Wright could miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. 1B Lucas Duda and OF Juan Lagares also are on the disabled list.
Reyes was cut by the Rockies after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. He became a free agent Saturday.
Alderson said on a conference call he believes Reyes deserves a second chance, though he acknowledged he expects some will disagree.
"I do believe he is a good person at heart, a good person who made a big mistake and a good person who deserves a second chance with conditions," Alderson said, adding one condition is Reyes must continue counseling.
Alderson was asked what he would say to fans offended by the decision to sign Reyes.
"I think we fully understand there will be differences of opinion about this. Some people will feel strongly and differently. I think we accept that, and we respect that. All I can say is Jose and the organization will be held to a standard going forward that recognizes the seriousness of domestic abuse and commitment to stand against it."
REDS HONOR ROSE: Pete Rose joked about his hair and age. He reminisced about all those wins with the Big Red Machine. There was one thing the hits king was determined not to do when he was inducted into the Reds' Hall of Fame.
"I've already cried on the field one time," Rose said, referring to the time he got his record-setting hit. "That's enough."
Rose, 75, kept his composure during a pregame ceremony in Cincinnati honoring him as the 86th player to go into the team's hall. Many of his former teammates, including Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, were on hand to join in the humor and the honor.
Rose's lifetime ban from baseball for gambling prevents him from getting into Cooperstown, but the Reds got permission to honor him.
TIGERS GET RUN, STILL LOSE: The Tigers were credited with an extra run from the last play of Friday night's loss to the Indians, making the final score 7-5. Detroit had one out and runners on first and second when Miguel Cabrera's fly to right-center was caught by Rajai Davis, who bobbled the ball. The Indians doubled Cameron Maybin off first for the third out, but Ian Kinsler scored before Maybin was retired.
NATIONALS: RHP Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his scheduled start today because of back pain. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start with an upper back strain.
ROYALS: All-Star LF Alex Gordon, out since May 22 with a fractured right wrist, was activated from the DL.