The courtship for Jose Reyes by the Miami Marlins began at one minute past midnight on Nov. 3 and was finalized Sunday with a six-year $106 million contract because of the New York Mets feeble effort to sign their four-time All-Star shortstop.
"They didn't make me an offer," said Reyes decked out in a new Marlins jersey at a press conference in Miami this afternoon. "They didn't want me."
Reyes, making his first public appearance as the new Miami shortstop, said he was happy to be going to Miami and playing for the Mets division rival.
"They showed me that they really want me there," said Reyes. "They really pushed for me."
"I'm part of a new family now," said the ex-Met. "I love the city. I love the stadium."
The Marlins didn't wait long to start wooing their new prize. At that 12:01 moment inside the Carlyle Hotel bar in Manhattan, according to Reyes agent Peter Greenberg, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria met with Reyes, opened his trench coat like a subway flasher and revealed a Marlins jersey with Reyes' name on the back.
A couple of days later, Reyes was down in Miami to check out the new stadium.
"They showed me they really wanted me," laughed Reyes. "People say these guys are crazy...12:01? That's why I'm here today."
Miami jumped at the chance to "sweep him off his feet" according to Greenberg.
Reyes wouldn't elaborate on the Mets reluctance to resign him but their intentions were pretty clear after they didn't swap him before the trade deadline and made a five-year offer lower than Miami's.
"I have to move on," said Reyes about the only major league team he has ever played for.
Reyes thanked the Mets and their fans for "giving me the chance to play in the big leagues."
"[Mets fans] showed me a lot of love, and the support me in good times and bad,"
Now, it's on to a team with a new name, sunny weather and "a lot of Spanish people there," he beamed. "It's the perfect situation in Miami... I think I'm going to like it there."
The Mets have allowed a homegrown superstar to leave in the prime of his career. It's one of the darkest days in the history of the franchise, and yet the rationalizing has begun:The Marlins overpaid for Reyes. So what? Big-market teams keep their superstars. Big-market teams laugh at the notion of the Marlins outbidding them. But the Mets are no longer functioning as a big...
Jose Reyes, the anticipated new shortstop for the Miami Marlins, is a very talented man. He is a formidable force offensively, despite not possessing a level of patience that you would hope for in a leadoff hitter, and though he commits too many errors for a tenured player his range and power arm allow him to influence games defensively to a sometimes dramatic degree.
He is, then...
Via Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog
December 07, 2011
“I have to thank the New York Mets for giving me the opportunity to play in the big leagues,” Jose Reyes said this afternoon, while wearing his new Marlins hat and jersey. “Right now, I’m really excited and happy to go to Miami.I’m part of this family now, and I have to move on.”
He said he has a lot of love for his fans in New York, who supported him through the good...
Jose Reyes didn’t mince words today when speaking to reporters after being introduced as the new Marlins new shortstop. Here are a few quotes from ESPN New York:
On whether he was surprised that Mets were not more aggressive:
“During the season, you guys know, I always say I want to go back to play there,” Reyes said. “But they don’t do anything to want me there. So...
Via Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog
December 06, 2011
In the video below, Sandy Alderson speaks with Kevin Burkhardt on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove about Jose Reyes, the fan response to his departure, Citi Field, and more:
SNY’s Mets Hot Stove will air live from the Winter Meetings tonight at 6:30 PM ET.
DALLAS (AP) - All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes has put on a Miami Marlins hat and joined his new team.The Marlins formally announced the signing of the speedy free agent Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings.The NL batting champion got a six-year contract worth $106 million. Earlier this week, the Marlins announced ...
Now that the Mets have lost out on the Jose Reyes sweepstakes the big moves can begin, or not. Sandy stated recently that he has 20-25 million to spend on talent to fill his open roster spots this off-season. Part of that money goes to Pelfrey and Pagan who are up for arbitration, leaving approximately $15 million or so left over.
The Mets have been fairly quiet so far. They...
DALLAS (AP) - The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels didn't just dominate the podium at the winter meetings. They were the only teams that used them to reshape their clubs.As Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and some other All-Stars found new homes, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and ...
Hanley Ramirez may not be happy about it, but he's going to have a brand new position next season.The Miami Marlins are moving ahead with plans to switch Ramirez from shortstop to third base in order to accommodate free-agent addition Jose Reyes. The former New York Mets star finalized a six-year, $106-million deal with Miami on Wednesday.Marlins president Larry Beinfest said...
My response to Albert Pujols signing with the Angels was summed up in a simple status update on Facebook:
"Albert Pujols has proven what I've already learned years ago: Hometown discounts no longer exist."
Brian Joura from Mets360.com responded to that with a very fair point:
"I don't know if I'd go that far - I think hometown discounts do exist. However...
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