All offseason, the assumption around Flushing was that Jose Reyes would return at some point. Reyes, though, says he did his best to keep his mind off a reunion, lest it not come to pass.

His wish ultimately came true in January, and Reyes returned to Mets camp this weekend, prepared to reprise his role as a super utilityman.

"To be honest with you, I wasn't thinking about it at all," Reyes said of his free agency. "I didn't want to put too much stuff in my head. I know from the bottom of my heart that I want to be here, but I don't want to get crazy in my head. When that happens, I said, 'This is where I wanted to be from the beginning.' This is where I wanted to be, and hopefully finish my career in this uniform."

The Mets will ask Reyes to take reps at second and third base, shortstop and the outfield this spring, understanding the versatility his athleticism provides. Reyes also credited a swing adjustment he made around midseason as the reason he was able to slash .314/.394/.518 with six home runs over his final 38 games. Prior to that, Reyes was hitting .220/.284/.374 in 107 contests.