2/15/2013 3:30 P.M. ET
Reyes says Loria misled him prior to trade
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Reyes reported to the Blue Jays' Spring Training complex on Friday morning, but before shifting his focus to the upcoming season, he took one last parting shot at Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
Reyes was included in a multiplayer deal between the two clubs this season just a year after signing a six-year contract with the Marlins. Baseball is a business and the All-Star shortstop is more than aware of that fact, but he's still coming to grips with the fact that promises were broken.
Reyes signed a six-year contract worth $106-million prior to the 2012 season and claims it included a verbal guarantee he would not be traded without his consent. Just one year into the deal, he realized that wasn't the case.
"Jeffrey Loria always told me he's never going to trade me," Reyes told a large group of reporters. "He always called my agent and told him, 'Tell Jose to get a good place here to live,' and stuff like that.
"Before he traded me, four days before the trade, I was with him at dinner in New York. I went to vacation with my wife, and two days later I find out I was traded. I thought people were joking about it. I called my agent and he said, 'Yes.' It surprised me a little bit, but it's time to move on.
"By that time he was talking still about [me] getting a nice house in Miami," Reyes said. "That was kind of crazy. How you want me to spend money in Miami when I have my house in New York, and you're going to trade me in two days?"
The Marlins declined to comment on Reyes' statements.
Reyes hasn't spoken to anyone from Miami's ownership group or front office since the trade, and said he has no intention of reaching out in the future. His overall sentiments are similar to those of Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle, who says he received the same guarantee from the Marlins.
Miami president David Samson said on a weekly radio show this offseason that the intention all along was to follow through on those promises, but things changed because of poor attendance and a lacklustre record following an expensive offseason.
Reyes made a point of directing his comments to Loria and Miami's front office, while also speaking at length in glowing terms about his former teammates and the fan base in Miami.
"I feel sorry for the [fans] there in Miami because they had a great fan base there," Reyes said. "To let them down like that, I mean, that's going to be tough for them."