The Mets are bringing back yet another player from last year’s team.
Infielder Jose Reyes, who wants to finish his career with his longtime team, reached an agreement on a one-year deal to return for a 12th season with the Mets, according to multiple people familiar with the deal. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the pact because it was pending a physical examination.
The deal is for $2 million but Reyes can earn another $500,000 in incentives, according to one person familiar with the deal.
The Mets have a need for another infielder, specifically a second baseman, but do not view Reyes, 34, as a possibility there just yet.
Reyes, who left the Mets after the 2011 season but returned in 2016, is expected to fill the same utility role as was intended last season.
If the Mets do not acquire an additional infielder, Reyes could be the team’s primary option at second base. Asdrubal Cabrera, who can also play second base, is penciled in as the team’s third baseman, but could also shift across the diamond pending another addition.