Reporting Tim Kephart
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DALLAS, Texas (CBSMiami.com) – The Miami Marlins officially welcomed in the team’s biggest signing so far in an action-packed offseason.
The Marlins signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a 6-year, $111 million contract this week.
According to Ken Davidoff of Newsday in New York, the breakdown of Reyes’ contract is this: $10 million in 2012 and 2013, $16 million in 2014, and $22 million in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 with a $4 million buyout option that season as well.
Reyes met the media for the first time Wednesday as a member of the Marlins. He put on his uniform for the first time and talked repeatedly of being wanted by the team.
“When they showed me the plan, that showed me that they wanted me there; so they really pushed it,” Reyes said.
Reyes was asked repeatedly by the New York media if he felt disappointed with the New York Mets not making an offer to him. Reyes said the Mets had other priorities and that he didn’t fit them, but he wasn’t disappointed.
“I’m very happy to be part of this family now and we just need to go to spring training and start to work,” Reyes said.
As for the potential biggest hurdle for Reyes, he’s not at all concerned about any potential problems with Hanley Ramirez. The Marlins former shortstop will have to switch positions now that Reyes is in tow.
“I’m looking forward to playing with Hanley because Hanley is one of the best players in the game,” Reyes said. “I’m going to be there for him whatever he needs and I think he’s going to be there for me too.”
Reyes also expressed optimism that he might be playing with the best player in the game come 2012.
“He’s better than me, but we was roomies in AA; so we shared the same room,” Reyes said of Albert Pujols. “So I’m very happy to have him here; he’s a great guy.”