Jose Reyes is ... a ballplayer
March, 7, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
"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.