Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jose Reyes feels bad for Mets, comes to grip with their decision


Dan Martin of the NY Post caught up with Jose Reyes who said he's come to grips with the way his days with the Mets came to an end, but it's still tough for him to take.

"I understand it's a tough situation for the organization," said Reyes, who signed a six-year free-agent contract with the Marlins in December after the cash-strapped Mets decided they couldn't afford him and opted to not make him a lowball offer. "What they're going through isn't easy and that's why I was hurt at the beginning. But with the problems they have, I get it. I feel bad for them."

And he still doesn't quite get why they didn't come up with any offer at all.

"At least come to me and say, 'This is what we have,'" Reyes said Thursday while at a Marlins charity golf tournament at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. "Make a push. Even if it's not what I'm looking for, show me you still want me."

But as some of his former Mets teammates worked out a couple of hours to the north, Reyes was ready for his new start with the Marlins.



"When I get to spring training next week, it's probably going to feel a little bit different," Reyes said. "Every year I saw the same guys, like David Wright. Now I have a new team to learn."

He started Thursday when he took part in the charity event with about a dozen Marlins teammates, including Hanley Ramirez, who is moving to third base now that Reyes is the shortstop.

"We don't talk about [the position change]," Reyes said. "But I can't wait to get started. And I want to wish the Mets all the best and I'll see you soon. ... I hope they win a lot of games, but not too many."

Reyes will head to New York to pack this week for his move to Florida and said he'll be at spring training in Jupiter on Wednesday.

"I've been with the Mets almost all my life," said the 28-year-old, who signed with the team as a teenager in 1999. "Now it's time for me to play for another organization."
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