Jose Reyes Claims Jeffery Loria Told Him to Buy a Home in Miami Two Days Before Trading Him
Sure, you might have been mad when the Marlins unloaded almost all of their stars on the Blue Jays, but how do you think the players felt? Jeez, they had to give up living in sunny Miami for frigid Canada.
Jose Reyes was none too pleased with Jeffrey Loria after the surprise trade. He claims Loria out-and-out lied to him and told him to buy a house in Miami just two days before he was traded away.
"I was shocked because Jeffrey Loria, he always told me he's never going to trade me," Reyes said, according to Reuters. "He always called my agent and said, 'Tell Jose to get a good place here to live,' and stuff like that."
In fact, Reyes says Loria encouraged him to buy a house in Miami in a conversation days before the deal: "I mean, how can you want me to spend some money in Miami when I have my house in New York and you're going to trade me in two days?"
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Poor Reyes never even got a chance to officially join the legion of property-owning taxpayers Loria screwed over.
Reyes, of course, was the crown jewel in the Marlins' 2012 off-season spending spree but spent only a single year here before getting shipped off to the Blue Jays.
Reyes may be angry with the Marlins organization, but he did appreciate the fans (or at least the people who used to be or almost became fans).
"I feel sorry for the fan base there in Miami because they had a great fan base there," he says. "To let them down like that, I mean, that's going to be tough for them."
Oh, Jose, it has been. So tough.
As for the Marlins' sole remaining big name, Giancarlo Stanton: According to the AP, he called the off-season "interesting" but claims he's over his anger at the trade.
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