Reyes dines at Joe’s Stone Crab
MIAMI — Marlins president David Samson called Jose Reyes a priority, one of several priorities the team is looking at this offseason.
Speaking on The Dan Le Batard Show on 790 The Ticket on Wednesday night, Samson spoke openly about Reyes’ South Florida visit.
Team officials gave Reyes, the Mets’ free agent shortstop, a tour of the new ballpark. And the team treated the shortstop to lunch at famed Joe’s Stone Crab.
“He did not sign the check, and did not sign a contract,” Samson said on the Le Batard Show. “Yes, we were at Joe’s. There is nothing to hide. We said from the beginning, we’re interested in making our team better.”
On Tuesday, the Marlins hosted White Sox lefty free agent Mark Buehrle, who also toured the ballpark.
As for Reyes, Samson said: “To be interesting, you have to meet each other and figure out from an investment standpoint where you’re going to go. We’re still working on that. We wanted him to see the ballpark. And see the ballpark, he did.”
Samson called Reyes a priority, but noted he is not the only one.
“I would certainly count him amongst our priorities,” Samson said. “But we have a priority that includes pitching and includes position players. We have multiple priorities.”
Samson added that the team has yet to make a preliminary call to Prince Fielder. When asked about Albert Pujols, Samson comment either way.
Samson added that there is a one percent chance Reyes could sign by Friday night, when the team officially changes to the Miami Marlins.
– Joe Frisaro