Marlins show Jose Reyes the love _ and the money

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Jeffrey walked into the Hotel Carlyle with a long overcoat because it was about 12 degrees out, and under the overcoat was the Jose Reyes new Marlins jersey that had not been released yet,” he said. “A few other people in the bar thought that this was some sort of strange, freaky show, because the owner of the team stood up and literally went like this, and underneath was Jose Reyes‘ jersey,” Samson said, pulling apart his jacket by the lapels. “We then ordered some drinks and stayed around for a couple of hours just talking and getting to know each other, and a few days after that Jose came down to Miami and saw the ballpark. So 12:01 to us was always a big deal because we wanted to show Jose from the beginning that we had an idea.”

A four-time All-Star, the 28-year-old Reyes hit .337 and also topped the league with 16 triples, while also stealing 39 bases. But hamstring injuries have limited him to no more than 133 games in any of the last three years.

“It’s a perfect situation in Miami,” Reyes said. “We have a lot of talent there and the new stadium, the weather, close to Dominican, a lot of Spanish people there, so I think I’m going to like it and enjoy it as much as I can.”

His arrival means All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have to move to third base. Loria said he spoke with him.

“It was an upbeat conversation. He’s going to be a member of our team,” the owner said.

Ramirez tried to shoot down speculation of a possible trade or refusal to switch positions.

“Crazy stuff going around,” he wrote on Twitter. “Im just relaxing with my family and getting mentally and physically strong and ready for next season.”

For months, Reyes had been waiting for the Mets to make an offer. Alderson said Friday and early Saturday that he thought maybe some of the parameters he suggested could develop into an offer, but by Saturday night it was clear to him the Mets weren’t willing to pay what was needed.

The realization of the switch dawned on Reyes on Sunday night, when agent Peter Greenberg accepted the Marlins‘ offer. Greenberg said Reyes‘ reaction was simple: “I’m a Fish.”

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