After Jose Reyes signed as a free agent in early December, many wondered how the four-time All-Star shortstop would co-exist with Hanley Ramirez, who is shifting to third base.
"I knew all those rumors were coming," Reyes said. "But Hanley and me, we have a very good relationship. I've known Hanley for a very long time. We've been in the World Baseball Classic together on the same team."
They both previously played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, and in the offseason they talked while in their native country.
Since the start of the Marlins' caravan two weeks ago, Reyes and Ramirez have been together almost on a daily basis. When Reyes arrived in South Florida in preparation for Spring Training, he visited Ramirez's house.
"Even here, the first day we've been together," Reyes said. "I've been to his house playing PlayStation together. I don't know where those rumors [that we didn't get along] came from. We're both very happy. We both want to win. We want to be on the field. We have a very good relationship."
The Marlins envision Reyes and Ramirez forming arguably the best left side of the infield in the big leagues.
"I said to him, 'When you are playing third base, you're going to have the instincts of a shortstop, and that means you're going to cover a lot of ground,'" Reyes said. "That's great for our left side. We want to stay healthy and have a good season. I know if we both stay healthy, we're going to do something special for this team."