Before signing Jose Reyes last summer, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson negotiated a provision into his contract, retaining team control of Reyes for a Major League minimum salary in 2017. The idea was that Reyes could serve as a super-utility man for the Mets, plus insurance in the event of a David Wright injury.

The Mets hoped they would not have to cash in that policy so quickly. But with Wright unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Reyes is now in line to start at third base April 3 against the Braves.

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