Mets will reportedly give Jose Reyes a video tribute when he returns to New York

The Mets may not have had any legitimate intention of re-signing Jose Reyes when the 2011 season came to a close, but it appears they want to remain friends with him. Reyes broke into the majors with the Mets in 2003 and gave them nine quality seasons, but they could not find the justification nor the finances to retain him. Reyes said he was upset the Mets never even made him a competitive offer, but the team is hoping to erase some of those memories by honoring their former shortstop with a video tribute.

According to the NY Daily News, the Mets have complied a highlight video from the nine years Reyes spent with the team that they will play prior to New York’s game against the Marlins at Citi Field on April 23.

Many are wondering how Reyes will be received when he makes his return to New York in a Marlins uniform. While there are always going to be a few fans that consider every player who leaves via free agency a back-stabber, I don’t see how Mets fans could do anything but cheer their former All-Star. It’s one thing for a player to skip town and join a rivalry over a few million bucks (yes you, Johnny Damon), but the Mets didn’t even attempt to keep Reyes. He didn’t chose another team over the Mets because he wasn’t given a choice. I’d be surprised if the majority of the fans don’t understand that.

As for the Mets front office, good luck to them in their attempt to make the fans feel warm and fuzzy and forget that they let their best player walk.

H/T Eye on Baseball
Photo credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes go blond (Picture)

Looks like Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are getting along swimmingly for the Marlins. Ramirez shared the above picture on his Twitter account Thursday with the description “The rubios,” which means “the blonds.” Yup, the pair dyed their hair blond for the start of the upcoming season. It’s hard to tell if the dye jobs were part of a team-building exercise before the season begins, or if they were just trying to match the new neon colors of the Marlins uniforms. Whatever the case, it looks like all the video game playing has brought the two all-star infielders closer after the initially rough offseason for Ramirez following Reyes’ signing. Nothing says “I got your back” in the heat of battle quite like taking a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to the dome for a teammate.

Forearm bash to Big League Stew

Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes have been bonding over PlayStation

If you thought Hanley Ramirez being deferred to third base with the arrival of Jose Reyes in Miami caused a rift between the two, you thought wrong.

Even though the incumbent Ramirez originally expressed some dismay about being forced out of the starting shortstop role, the left side of the Marlins infield has been getting along just fine now that spring training is in full swing. In fact, the two have even become video-game buddies. At the end of most days, both All-Stars have been going to one of their apartments and firing up the PlayStation.

“The machine doesn’t allow us to play the same team, so I play with Boston, he plays with the Phillies,” Reyes said Thursday.

“Me and Hanley have a very good relationship and now that we’re on the same team, it’s even better.”

Well, as long as their games don’t end with one of them throwing the controller across the room and wanting to wring the other’s neck out — like I do when I play “Call of Duty” — this can’t be a bad thing at all. That’s such an Ozzie Guillen thing to do, anyway.

H/T Hardball Talk
Photo credit: Steve Mitchell, US Presswire

Jose Reyes says he feels bad for the Mets, wishes they tried to keep him

As if things weren’t tough enough for the New York Mets and their fans, they have now become a charity case. It’s one thing to be made fun of. It’s another for people to feel badly for you. According to the NY Post, Jose Reyes is disappointed his days with the Mets ended the way they did and feels sorry for the organization.

“I understand it’s a tough situation for the organization,” Reyes said. “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.

“At least come to me and say, ‘This is what we have.’ Make a push. Even if it’s not what I’m looking for, show me you still want me.”

Rather than offer Reyes something the Mets knew he wouldn’t accept, they chose to let him walk without even attempting to retain him. The fact that he feels sorry for the team because of their situation should be even more of a slap in the face to Mets fans than their team not having the money to keep him. New York has typically been a player in free agency over the past several years (see Beltran, Carlos), but the only person who made a serious effort to keep Reyes was Jerry Seinfeld.

If there are any Mets fans left out there, I’m curious: Would you rather have your team spend a ton of money and shower you with false hope or just let your superstars walk and let you down easy?

Jose Reyes cuts his hair on MLB Network (Video)

Jose Reyes parted ways with a commodity near and dear to his heart Friday — his hair. The Marlins shortstop had a televised haircut on MLB Network to show he is complying with his new team’s rules. He also turned it into a charity event; the hair is up for bid on eBay and the proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in South Florida.

“It’s going to be a little bit emotional, because I’ve spent three years with this hair,” Reyes said before getting his locks chopped. “At the same time, I understand it’s a rule of my new team, the Miami Marlins. I’m a team player, so I have to cut it off.”

Bidding for the hair started off at $2,500 and has nearly doubled. Given the way Reyes was so attached to his locks, I wouldn’t be surprised if turned out to be the winning bidder.

Former Marlins Manager Edwin Rodriguez Questions Jose Reyes Signing

The shortstop situation with the Marlins is going to be one to monitor as the MLB season creeps closer. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins shortstop for the past six years. He also happened to be one of the best in the National League during that span. Only 27 years old and just now entering the prime of his career, the Marlins have asked Ramirez to move to third base to make room for the newly-acquired Jose Reyes. It remains to be seen how the situation will pan out, but former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez is skeptical.

“I think it’s going to be a very interesting situation, to say the least,” Rodriguez said during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. “Knowing Hanley, he’s a very proud player. It’s going to be very hard for him to move out of shortstop. He’s a big league shortstop. He’s an All-Star shortstop. In my opinion I think they are going to have a tough time trying to convince him to move to third base. I think it’s going to be very interesting to watch how everything develops, how Reyes takes the front pages and how the people start talking about the All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes.

“In my opinion I don’t think that was the right move to sign Jose Reyes. You already have an All-Star shortstop. Why spend money on another All-Star shortstop?  Why not put the money in another player like Albert Pujols or somebody else, one front-line pitcher?”

Rodriguez only managed the Marlins for a short period from 2010 to 2011, but he was around long enough to become familiar with Ramirez’s ego. We already know Hanley does not want to move to third base, so as soon as the team hits a rough stretch it would not be surprising to see him start putting up a fuss.  At this point I wouldn’t be shocked if the Marlins are forced to deal Ramirez before the season begins. If that becomes necessary, it is fair to question whether or not bringing in Reyes was the right move.

H/T to the Sun-Sentinel for the story.

Marlins Will Make Jose Reyes Cut His Hair

Rules are rules. The Miami Marlins may be serious about spending money this offseason, as evidenced by the $106 million they threw at Jose Reyes, the $200 million-plus they are dangling in front of Albert Pujols, and the $58 million they spent on Mark Buehrle, but it would appear they are still serious about their clubhouse rules as well. As they did with Hanley Ramirez a couple years back — which seemed to infuriate him — the Marlins will ask Jose Reyes to cut his dreadlocks.

“The answer is, there’ll be team rules,” Marlins president David Samson said when asked about Reyes’ hair. “Everyone follows the team rules, whatever they are.”

According to one reporter, Reyes is not happy about having to lose the locks.  However, there are a lot of things you can make a guy do for a few million bucks.  Even Manny Ramirez chopped off his hair (or part of it) when he became a member of the White Sox, which leads us to believe that anything is possible.

What Reyes should do is donate the hair to Locks of Love like Colts punter Pat McAfee did.  That should help ease the pain of losing such an important part of himself.

Fist pound to Big League Stew for the story.