The Mets signed INF Jose Reyes on Friday and designated LHP Josh Smoker for assignment.
The The deal will be worth $2 million, with Reyes being able to earn an additional $500,000 through incentives, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.
Smoker, 29, went 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 74 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic noted that the Mets are still seeking a full-time second baseman. The team has been linked to Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agents Eduardo Nunez, Neil Walker, and Todd Frazier.
Reyes, 34, hit .246/.315/.413 with 15 HR, 25 doubles, seven triples, 24 stolen bases, 75 runs scored, and 58 RBI for the Mets in 145 games last season while primarily playing third base and shortstop.
Sandy Alderson mentioned his interest in Reyes while speaking to fans during a Q&A at Citi Field on Wednesday night. Earlier Thursday, Reyes posted a picture of him driving near Citi Field.
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While Reyes was much-improved during the second half of last season, he's no longer a starting-caliber player. So the fact that the Mets are still seeking to add a legitimate, full-time second baseman is huge. And looking at the Reyes signing through that prism makes it a solid one.
The Mets are expected to carry eight relievers to start the season, meaning a four-man bench likely consisting of whoever isn't starting between Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, whoever isn't starting between Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo, Reyes, and Wilmer Flores.
With Reyes, the Mets get someone who can play second base, third base, and shortstop. And although his speed isn't nearly what it once was, he swiped 24 bases last season -- giving the Mets an element they just don't have much of. As a bench piece who can provide a bit of insurance for the rest of the infielders, help mentor Amed Rosario (who badly wanted him back), and pinch-run late in games, bringing Reyes back is worthwhile.