WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

The New York Mets entered Saturday’s play 57-58, in third place, 10 1/2 games behind the National League East leading Washington Nationals and three games behind the surprising Miami Marlins. The Kansas City Royals, whom the Mets played in the 2015 World Series, are having their own set of struggles. Ned Yost’s team is 56-59 in third place, 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central and five games behind the second place Detroit Tigers.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT … JOSE REYES

The Colorado Rockies announced Jose Reyes has been designated for assignment.

Unless the Rockies find a trade partner for Reyes within 10 days — don’t bet on it — the organization will have to eat his $41 million contract and, as the Denver Post reported, if another team claims Reyes the team will be required to pay him at the least the league minimum ($508,000) and the Rockies will pay the rest of his contract.