Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/7/11
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 reveal...
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