Jose Reyes was in a hotel room in the Middle East when he received the surprising news: He had been traded from the downsizing Miami Marlins to the bulking-up Toronto Blue Jays.
''I went to Dubai on vacation with my wife,'' Reyes said Thursday in his first public comments about the Nov. 19 deal. ''One day I got up at 6 in the morning and I see all these text messages saying `You got traded.' That kind of surprised me a little bit.''
Reyes left the New York Mets as a free agent after the 2011 to sign a $106 million, six-year contracts with the Marlins, who boosted their payroll as they prepared to move into a new retractable-roof ballpark in downtown Miami. But after fading from contention en route to a last-place finish, the Marlins sold off their stars.
The move was surprising to Reyes, given a conversation he had just had with owner Jeffrey Loria.
''Five days before I got traded I was with the owner of the Miami Marlins and he said h...