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The Marlins introduce Jose Reyes

Dec 7, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

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Jose Reyes just donned the Miami Marlins jersey. He’s talking to all of us here in the media room right now. So far his comments are the usual: he’s excited, he thanks God. The Marlins showed that they wanted him and they wanted to win.  Hay Amigos? Perhaps. Perhaps.

Of course the first few questions are from New York reporters asking him if he’s disappointed with the Mets for not keeping him. They gotta beat the drum, I guess.  He did later say that it was rather easy, though, because “they [didn't] make an offer to me.” Which means, I believe, a good offer. He had some “it’s a business” comments too.  There’s no sense that the Mets bugged him. It’s just a thing, no matter how hard some New York writers try to turn it into a drama.

A big question, obviously, is what this means for Hanley Ramirez.  Before Reyes talked, team president Larry Beifest offered some preemptive comments about it all. The key points:

“Hanley is a key to our team … we recognize his ability and his achievements … we have every intention of him being our third baseman. Within 30 seconds of bringing in Jose we communicated with Hanley and let him know what was going on.”

Reyes himself said that he has great respect for Hanley Ramirez and that, while he has not had time to reach out to Ramirez yet, he will soon.

He was later asked about the time he had to move to second base for the Mets and whether it was hard. He said “it wasn’t hard for me, you just have to work.”  A message to Mr. Ramirez?  Perhaps.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Nice

  2. cyanocittacristata - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I think the Marlins should move Hanley to CF instead of 3B. For the team’s need and Ramirez’s shoulder problems might be best suited there.

    Of coarse Hanley could be a real flyball adventure out there along with the extra “enthusiasm” he would display of moving even farther from SS.

  3. cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Looks like the Feesh™ have moved their interest to Fielder instead of Pujols, too. With the kind of green they are flashing, they should get him easy. So now, a certain Macondo™ resident, and known lizard-of-age, will have 2 people on his ‘rooting’ interest whom he was expressly against getting : Ozzie “Slobberin’ Oz™” Guillen and (likely) Prince “too fat, won’t last” Fielder. Does Reyes soften the blow? I’ll wager not with The Hanster™ acting like he’s had a terminal nipple-cripple, it doesn’t. The real interest here though, is what sobriquets will Reyes & (likely) Fielder earn? Pujols would have been easy: dressed in rainbow he would have been “Big Gay Al” or BGA in nothing flat. But alas, I think it will not be, which is an out-an-out pity (from a nickname standpoint). I await developments with baited breath.

  4. Amadeus - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    He’ll be on disabled list by July. book it.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    He said in an interview with Joe B on WFAN right after this that the Mets never ever made him an offer, tough to take if you’re a Met fan I would imagine.

    • Kyle - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      If you’re a Mets fan, I would hope you can understand why it makes no sense for your team to pay Jose Reyes 106 million dollars over the next 6 years.

  6. buffalomafia - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Reyes will be a bust this coming season! Also he isn’t a team player! The Marlins should have signed me for 7 million! Just saying!

  7. foreverchipper10 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Jurrjens and Prado for Hanley. Eh? Eh? :)

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