Dan Martin of the NY Post reports why it’s pretty clear to Jose Reyes why he’s not a Met any more.
"They didn’t make me an offer," Reyes said at a press conference introducing him with the Miami Marlins at the Winter Meetings in Dallas on Wednesday. "They didn’t want me."
Reyes agreed to a six-year, $106 million deal with the Marlins after the Mets decided to not make the shortstop an official offer, since GM Sandy Alderson said he knew the team wouldn’t match what Reyes was looking for.
"I’m not going to say I’m disappointed," Reyes said after putting on the Marlins’ new jersey and hat. "They had their own choices. I have to move on."
Reyes repeatedly mentioned the Marlins’ move to begin recruiting him at 12:01 am the first day of free agency, with team owner Jeffrey Loria and other team hierarchy going to the Hotel Carlyle on the Upper East Side to meet Reyes.
"That was huge for me," Reyes said. "That showed they wanted me."
Reyes thanked the Mets for giving him an opportunity to play in the majors and the New York fans for standing by him throughout his years with the Mets.
"The fans showed me a lot of love," Reyes said. "In good times and bad times, they never walked away."
But now Reyes has walked away from New York — although since he’s staying within the NL East, he’ll be back at Citi Field nine times next season.
"I’m excited to stay in the division," Reyes said. "I’m sorry for the [Mets] fans, but I have to help the Miami Marlins win."
He said David Wright will be "fine" without him with the Mets.
Reyes hasn’t had a chance to speak with his new teammate, Hanley Ramirez, who is reportedly upset about having to move from shortstop to third base.
"I’m looking forward to playing with one of the best players in the game," Reyes said.
Marlins’ president Larry Beinfest said Ramirez remained "a key to our team."
He added: "He’s a unique talent and we recognize that and the achievements he’s made. We dealt with him with respect and have every intention of having him as our third baseman in the best left side of an infield in baseball."