Jose Reyes didn’t mince words today when speaking to reporters after being introduced as the new Marlins new shortstop. Here are a few quotes from ESPN New York:
On whether he was surprised that Mets were not more aggressive:
“During the season, you guys know, I always say I want to go back to play there,” Reyes said. “But they don’t do anything to want me there. So, after that, there’s nothing really I can do. Now, I’m with the Miami Marlins. The Mets don’t do anything to have me. It is what it is, man. This is a business and I have to move on. It’s over. I can’t be crying about that, because they don’t show me anything. They don’t push anything to have me there. Why should I be worried about it if they didn’t want me?”
Do you think they just didn’t want you? Or was it probably their financial situation and not being to afford you?
“You know, I can’t tell you that, because they never talked to me,” Reyes said. “I don’t know if it was because of the money or they don’t want me there — they want to move on with some other pieces. I don’t know, because they never said anything. Sandy maybe talked with Peter, but they don’t offer anything. They don’t do like real offer. They don’t do anything, really.”
Would you have wanted them to call you more this offseason, show you more love?
“No doubt,” Reyes said. “They don’t do that. When we almost get close to making a deal with the Marlins, that’s when they called. But they call for nothing because they don’t offer anything. It’s kind of weird. I was confused a little bit. During the season a lot of times Sandy (Alderson) said, ‘We want Jose’ and stuff like that. I expect they’d at least call and say, ‘We’re still working on some things so we’re going to get to you guys.’ That never happened.”
Those are some VERY strong words by Reyes who clearly felt unwanted by the Mets.
As you all know, no offer was ever made to Jose Reyes during the exclusive negotiating window or after he became a free agent. It was Sandy Alderson’s strategy to let other teams openly bid for the All Star shortstop and let those teams set the market.
The Mets GM responded, sort of, shortly after Reyes spoke to the media, with a rather cavalier remark:
“If you’re asking whether I should have sent him a box of chocolates, perhaps I should have done that. On the other hand, the box of chocolates wouldn’t have cost $106 million either.”
Oh well, we’ll never know the truth of why this was handled the way it was, but it’s all water under the bridge now anyway.