Jose Reyes chose the Miami Marlins because they offered him the most money, just as virtually every other ballplayer selects his employer as a free agent based on offer size. Most, though, cite reasons such as opportunities to win or location. But, apparently, Reyes was quite blunt when he dealt with the Marlins, before eventually agreeing to a six-year, $106 million deal.
"He said, 'I really want to play in Miami as long as you pay me $1 more than anyone else. ... I really want to make the most money I can,'" team president David Samson told Miami businessmen during a speech Tuesday, according to Miami Today.
According to the report, Samson also bragged about securing taxpayer dollars to get a new Marlins stadium built.
"I don't have to hold back now that the stadium is built -- not that I ever have," Samson reportedly said. "We're not the smartest people in Miami. If you're in this room, you're instantly in the top 1 percent."
As for Reyes, the Mets never made him a formal offer. But, according to sources, they made it clear they were willing to guarantee five years -- with the deal ultimately rising in value to six years, $100 million if Reyes could stay healthy and a vesting option kicked in.