Imagine Jose Reyes' shock when, while on vacation in Dubai following the season, he received text messages telling him that he had been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
“I went to Dubai on vacation with my wife,” Reyes said Thursday in Toronto in what were his first public comments about the Nov. 19 deal. “One day I got up at 6 in the morning and I see all these text messages saying ‘You got traded.’ That kind of surprised me a little bit.”
Say what again? Despite not having no-trade protection built into his contract, Reyes said he was assured by none other than Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria that he wouldn't be going anywhere.
"Five days before I got traded I was with the owner of the Miami Marlins and he said he was never going to trade me," Reyes said.
Hmm. "Never" turned into exactly 11 months for Reyes, who signed a heavily backloaded six-year deal in December, 2011, and was gone in the November salary dump. Loria approved the 12-player deal, one that included another December signee, Mark Buehrle.
Remember, without naming names, Buehrle said he was "lied to on multiple occasions" by the Marlins. According to sources, Loria also told Buehrle that he wouldn't be traded.
Reyes doesn't seem too disappointed.
"It's a better opportunity with the Blue Jays," Reyes said. "It's all about winning and the team we're going to put on the field is going to be good."
-- In addition to Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek, the Marlins will also be represented by one other player in the World Baseball Classic. Pitcher Henderson Alvarez, who was obtained in the Toronto trade, is on Venezuela's provisional roster for the March tournament.
-- Today marks the deadline for the Marlins and reliever Ryan Webb to reach agreement on his 2013 salary or have the decision made for them by a panel of arbitrators in February. Webb, the Marlins' only arbitration player, stands to receive about $1 million in what is his first year of eligiblity. Given that the Marlins have lost their past four cases in front of arbitrators, it might behoove them to settle now with Webb. [UPDATE 1 P.M.: The Marlins avoided arbitration with Webb, agreeing to a 1-year deal worth $975,000, plus an additional $10,000 bonus if he appears in at least 67 games]