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Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:09 pm

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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"Those guys, they came from Miami to see me at 12:01 [a.m., the night they were officially allowed to do so]," Reyes said. "So that was huge for me. They told me from that time they want me there."

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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Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:30 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

Has any one mentioned where does Hanley Ramirez fall in this mix.

Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:08 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

his rare combinaton of speed, high average and power hasn't been seen often. and, if healthy, he's proven he will produce consistantly. plus he's an all-star quality defensive short stop. As we all know speed and defense don't slump. All thay being said, Hanley is the key, if he buys in to the whole thing, even minus a Puljus, thier every day line-up would be set up well., but with albert, or prince as it's looking now, they would absolutly be the frontrunners in the east, even with the Phillys all star starting rotation.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:47 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

People complain that Jose is injury prone. First off, he plays hard, stretching singles, into doubles, doubles into triples, and gives it his all in the field. He is a rare blend of power and speed. He is one of only 2 current players with at least 50 steals and 300 total bases in a season. (The other is his teammate Hanley Ramirez). His type of talent comes around once in a generation 
Can any other player boast this feat?  Griffey Jr. no, Barry Bonds, No, Derek Jeter, No, A Rod, no,  Carlos Beltran, no, alfonso soriano, no, Anyone else in the last 20 years.....Rickey Henderson.....yes.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:44 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

There is a lot to be positive about. The Marlins will be paying this guy a ton of money to be on the DL and not them. They need to rebuild the whole franchise and start over.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:27 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

What amazes me is all this the Mets aren't acting like a big market team crud. They spent 140 million + per year from 2009-2011 to go 226-260.  What good was spending 420 million +? What did that get them? Huh?

Is anyone who really knows and follows the sport going to tell me that a team spending 100-110 million can't win the World Series? Uh, the 2010 Giants and 2011 Cardinals did. It's not what you spend, it's how you spend it.

Giving Reyes 111 million over 6 years is a bad investment for a player who is oft-injured and depends on his wheels. When he's 31-32 and more like Raffi Furcal, do you want to be stuck with him? It's not like he's a heady player. He gets picked off, has no plate discipline and makes base-running gaffes that would embarrass Bernie Williams. He also falls asleep at times in the field.

The Mets are biting the bullet in 2012 while trying to mix their younger vets with the younger players on the 25 man roster and mix in some minor league talent during the year. Then in 2013, Sandy believes they'll have their #1 prospect Zach Wheeler in the rotation with their #2 prospect Matt Harvey who may be pitching sometime mid-season this year.

For once, they're doing it right.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:11 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

All in all, Reyes was all smiles and positivity
Yeah, until he pulled his hammy leaving the press conference.

No, Jose. Don't lie. The reason you are there is because they offered you an insane deal no other team would have. 111 million for an oft-injured, talented, but enigmatic manchild? Also didn't you rebuff sandy's attempt to negotiate in season? Save I love New York BS. You love the money. No one is going to blame you, but don't take us for idiots.

Maybe you should bunt in your first at bat, then pull yourself with a 1.000 average. You think Ozzie would be on board with that? He'd be tweeting in the dugout about his feelings.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:43 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

That uniform sure is ugly.Jose looks like a homeless dude selling "The Big Issue" or "Bubs"from The Wire

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:01 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

Because Bud is a moron too; Bud is really good friends with the Wilpons so Bud is turning is back to the problem.  Yes playing in NY and acting like a small market team is wrong.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:46 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

Only positive thing about this for the Mets is that this appears to be another step closer towards the Wilpons finally reading the handwriting on the wall and selling the team to someone who can afford to put a competitive roster on the field.  Bye bye Beltran, bye bye Reyes, see you later Rodriguez, the Mets will be lucky not to lose 90 games this year and every loss will mean more empty seats, less revenue, more red ink.  To have a team in New York City acting like they are in a small market and can't afford to sign their own players is a joke, when will Bud recognize that the Wilpons are the second coming of Frank McCourt and force them to sell?

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:55 pm

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest

This is BS.  While the Mets didn't make a formal offer, they did make it clear to his agent what parameters they cared at..........and they made it clear that it wasn't enough.  So really, what's the point if the Mets actually made an offer at say.......5 years at $80 mil, or whatever much lower area they cared at.  Reyes made it known there would be no "hometown discount."  So the Mets knew they were out of it, they moved on, and so did Reyes.  Mets fans loved him.  Good luck to him except when he plays the Mets. 

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