In a not-so-surprising move, the Colorado Rockies have designated SS Jose Reyes for assignment Wednesday, following his reinstatement from a 51 game suspension for his role in a domestic violence incident. Reyes is still owed $41,868,853 in guaranteed salary through the 2018 season, including $22M next year, and a $4M buyout to follow.
The writing was on the wall with the sudden emergence of Trevor Story in his place to start the 2016 season. Story's compiled 67 hits, including 17 homeruns and 45 RBIs through 61 games. He also comes at the league minimum $507,500 this season, and won't be arbitration eligible until the 2019 season.
Reyes was brought on board at the deadline last year as a way to offload Troy Tulowitzki's salary to the Blue Jays. In what seems like a fairly nice deal for both, Reyes' decline and ultimate suspension have led to almost no impact for the Rockies in his short stay.
It's likely a few teams come calling for Reyes, especially with at the league minimum salary. He's reeled in a healthy $134.7M earnings on the field (including the $41M still owed).