Reyes arrives at Marlins camp
JUPITER, Fla. — Excitement. Passion. Energy.
The qualities that made Jose Reyes a four-time All-Star with the Mets, he plans to offer to the Marlins.
Reyes, the Marlins’ top offseason acquisition, arrived at Spring Training on Thursday, three days before full-squad workouts are scheduled.
The 29-year-old is eager for his new beginning, after spending his entire career with the Mets.
“The same energy I had in New York, that’s the same energy I’m going to bring here,” Reyes said. “I’m the kind of guy who has a lot energy and a lot of passion for the game. I enjoy the game as much as I can. That’s something I’m going to bring here.”
In 2011, Reyes was the National League batting champion, hitting .337.
With the Marlins, he takes over at shortstop, allowing Hanley Ramirez to slide over to third base.
Ramirez and Reyes have spoken on several occasions in recent months, but not entirely on how they will get along on the left side of the Miami infield.
“When me and Hanley talk, we don’t talk about that situation,” Reyes said of Ramirez playing third. “We talk about other stuff, we don’t talk that. I know he’s happy. I saw him in the Dominican. I saw him last week. We’ve been talking most of the time. We’re good. We don’t have any problems.
“This is the first time I’m going to play with different guys. Hanley is moving to third base. Anything I can do for him, I’ll do.”
Reyes also expects to get along just fine with new manager Ozzie Guillen.
“It’s exciting for me to play for Ozzie,” the shortstop said. “He has a guy who has a lot of passion for the game. He enjoys the game too. He’s a [former] baseball player, that’s good too. He’s not afraid to talk. That’s good. When somebody does something wrong, he will let you know. That’s good. I don’t have any problems with that. We’re going to get along very well.”
— Joe Frisaro