By Matt Snyder
DALLAS -- All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes was officially introduced as a member of the Miami Marlins in a Wednesday press conference, yet most of the questions he fielded were about his old team: The New York Mets.
Reyes played parts of nine seasons with the Mets, racking up 735 runs, 370 steals, 99 triples and four All-Star trips. He led the NL in triples four times, steals three times, hits once and batting average once. He was a frontrunner for the NL MVP before falling injured in 2011.
Yet Reyes revealed that the Mets never really made what he considered a serious deal. When a reporter mentioned the Mets never having made a "concrete" offer, Reyes did not dispute the notion. Simply, at least from the perspective of Reyes, the Mets just let him walk away without a fight.
"The Mets didn't call, they didn't say anything, so that's why I'm here today," he said.
Yet instead of talking bad about his former club, Reyes was nothing but gracious.
"I'm not going to say disappointed because they have their choices," Reyes said, while wearing his new Marlins' jersey. "I was a free agent. But like I say, I have to appreciate the Mets for giving me the opportunity to play in the Big Leagues. Right now I'm playing for the Miami Marlins, so I'm part of this family now, so I have to move on."
In addition to the Mets' seeming lack of a legitimate offer, Reyes was also very taken with how much more the Marlins seemed to covet his services. They met with him the literal minute they were allowed to.
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Since 2004, Reyes has played on the left side of the infield with fellow All-Star David Wright. Reyes took the opportunity Wednesday to wish his friend well.
"I wish all the best for him," Reyes said of Wright. "He's a great player, and I think he's going to be fine because he's the guy who works hard every day. Last year has been a tough year for him because he got hurt, but I think he's going to be bounce back this year. So hopefully he'll have a good year."
All in all, Reyes was all smiles and positivity, despite having been shown the door by the only team he's ever known. Evidently that's what a nine-figure contract will do for you.
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