As Jose Reyes prepares for his first Spring Training as a Marlin, the former Mets shortstop told the New York Post he's still a bit hurt that the Mets didn't offer him a contract.
"I understand it's a tough situation for the organization," Reyes told the Post. "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."
The Mets face a March 19 trial date in which a trustee seeking to recover funds from Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme will try to secure up to $386 million from Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon in fictitious profits. The Mets are currently working to close on the sale of multiple $20 million minority ownership stakes. Parent company Sterling Equities holds an outstanding $25 million loan from Major League Baseball and a $40 million bridge loan from Bank of America.
In signing a six-year, $106 million deal with the Marlins in December, Reyes left the only professional team he'd known and was therefore disappointed to not even receive an offer.
"At least come to me and say, 'This is what we have,'" he said. "Make a push. Even if it's not what I'm looking for, show me you still want me."
Shortly after Reyes signed with Miami, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that he wanted to bring back Reyes and was disappointed in how the negotiations went.
"I wouldn't say that we're happy," Alderson said at the time, admitting that Reyes "was the most important thing on our agenda."
Reyes' comments on Thursday at the Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club are the latest about his departure. Shortly after Reyes signed with the Marlins in December nd expressed discontent over the Mets' negotiations with him, Alderson wondered aloud if he "should have sent him a box of chocolates."
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.