"The Mets are open to bringing back free-agent infielder Jose Reyes, but they're also examining other possibilities," the NY Post's Mike Puma tweeted Monday afternoon.
Reyes, who is currently a free agent, told the Mets in September that he hoped to return in 2018.
"I want to be here," he told reporters after the team's final game of the season. "We'll see what happens. It's going to be an interesting offseason."
Reyes re-joined the Mets in the middle of 2016, after which he hit.267 with a .326 OBP and .443 slugging during 60 games to help the team get to the postseason for the second consecutive season. However, he struggled most of 2017 and missed time due to injury...
"His energy on the field is contagious," former Mets manager Terry Collins said of Reyes before the end of this past season. "He plays the game hard. He always runs hard. He always likes to play. He always gets ready to play. He's funny. He keeps guys loose. ... You need that kind of energy on a club."
Reyes will be 34 years old at the start of 2018, during which prospect Amed Rosario is expected to be the team's starting shortstop. The team is also reportedly in the market for a new second baseman or third baseman and has multiple utility infielders already on the roster, including Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Reynolds, and Gavin Cecchini.
Last week, Rosario told NJ Advanced Media's Abbey Mastracco that he hopes his friend, Reyes, is back by his side at Citi Field next season.
"There's no words to it," Rosario explained. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."