In what most are considering a blockbuster deal, Jose Reyes has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio while the Miami Marlins will get Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, and Justin Nicolino.
It was just last month when Reyes told Mike Puma of the New York Post, “When I left the Mets, I knew I was going to a better situation.” He also went on to say “I’m happy where I’m at. They treat me good here.”
Well, speaking as a bitter Mets fan, let me just say how sweet it is that Reyes is en route to a city where the highest average temperature might be around 80 degrees, to play for a team who hasn’t finished higher than second in their division since 1993. Did I mention there’s artificial turf, too?
After spending nine years with the New York Mets, Reyes had grown to be a fan favorite. He was young, quick, and fun to watch due to his base stealing ability.
That was of course until 2009 when he sat out most of the season with a leg injury, which seemed to be the beginning of the end. Before the start of the 2010 season he was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid gland, and missed the first few weeks.
Though still plagued by injuries through 2011, Reyes had the full support of the Mets fans. Even though his 2010 was terrible (.282 BA, 30 stolen bases, 83 runs), he went on to have an outstanding 2011, which coincidentally was the year he was due to become a free agent.
I think this sums up Reyes’ personality: During the last game of the 2011 season, he bunted for a single in his first at bat which locked up the batting title. He then sat out for what turned out to be his last game as a Met.
After nine years, he gave Mets fans a total of 12 minutes in his last game.
Then he signed a six year, $106 million dollar deal with Miami, which apparently meant nothing.
It seems Jose isn’t as smart as Albert Pujols, who rejected the Marlins offer because they refused to give him a no-trade clause.