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Giancarlo Stanton says he won't pout; Jose Reyes rips Loria

    JUPITER -- The media waited all week for Giancarlo Stanton to talk about his feelings in the wake of the Marlins' offseason moves, which angered him initially. Given Stanton's mostly muted reponses to almost every question, let's put it this way: I would have much rather been up in Dunedin this morning listening to Jose Reyes.

     Reyes, speaking to the media for the first time at spring training, said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria encouraged him to buy a home in Miami just days before he was traded to Toronto. Asked what he'd advise any future free agents who might be interested in playing for the Marlins, Reyes replied: "I don't have to tell them nothing. They can see what happened."

     Reyes also told reporters he felt sorry for Stanton.

     Reyes, who signed a 6-year deal with the Marlins and was traded after only one season, said he was surprised when he learned he had been traded.

     "I was shocked because Jeffrey Loria, he always told me he's never going to trade me," Reyes said. "He always called my agent and said, 'Tell Jose to get a good place here to live,' and stuff like that."

     Reyes said he had dinner with Loria only a few days before the trade and, even then, 'he was still talking about 'get a nice house in Miami.' That was kind of crazy 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?"

     Future free agents won't be receiving any ringing endorsements from Reyes about the Marlins.

     "I signed there for like six years," he said. "I played there for one year. So I don't have to explain anything. But I feel sorry for the fan base there in Miami because they had a great fan base there. To let them down like that, I mean, that's going to be tough for them."

     As for Stanton, Reyes said, "I feel sorry for him."

     Informed of that comment, Stanton said Friday in his "State of the Stanton" address that nobody should feel sorry for him.

     "What is there to feel sorry for me about?," he said. "I'm in the big leagues. I play a game for a living."

     In general, Stanton's comments were tempered from what they were in November when he expressed his displeasure over the drastic offseason moves that pretty much gutted the roster. Stanton, remember, sent out a tweet in which he wrote: "Alright I'm pissed off!!! Plain & simple." And in an MLB.com article written by Peter Gammons, Stanton expounded, saying: "I do not like this at all. This is the 'winning philosophy?' Then to say it's not about money? What is the motivation? There comes a breaking point. I know how I feel. I can't imagine how the city and fans feel."

     Stanton said nothing of the sort Friday, though he was asked repeatedly about his feelings.

     "People who know me know how I am," he said. "It's not going to be any pouting, or any of that stuff."

     And...

     "I got what little words were out there to let it be known, and that was that," Stanton said of his earlier comments. "We're here now, and turn the page."

     And....

     "You're not going to linger on something and cry about it all day. So you let it be known how you feel and push forward."

     Asked if he would sign a long-term deal, Stanton responded: "I haven't been offered one, so that decisio isn't ready yet."

     Asked if he can see any way it can end well for Stanton as a Marlin, his reponse was: "There's always ways to look past things. It's not like you (have a) fallout once and there's never anything to come from it. It can be rebuilt. There's time."

      About the only time Stanton sounded forceful was when he was asked about this team's chances.

      "Everyone thinks we're going to be the doormats now and that's not going to happen, and that's what we need to make known. It's not going to be easy, I'll tell you that. I'm not going to lay over and let everybody stomp on us. That's where I'm at."

      _________________

      The Marlins have made no official announcement, but it appears the spring roster is now down to 72 players. Left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton had his left arm in a sling on Friday one day after he said he had arthroscopic surgery on his elbow.

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frisarito

nothing new..so Loria's a lying cockkkksuckkker..what else?

Deer antlers anyone?

Loria is a scumbag POS. I wish nothing but bad things for him

Sunny Dee

No free agent that is any good or that has any real options will ever sign with the Marlins as long as Loria owns the team.

Bob

Man, Reyes did have some nice things to say. That rat wanted Reyes to buy a house in Miami, then he trades Reyes? Come on, who does that?

Givejonadollar

It's going to be REAL interesting seeing the fan turnout this coming year in Marlin-ville.

JAVIER VELEZ

PUT IT THIS IS WAY, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS A BIG BIG BUSINESS,AND NO MATTER WHAT FANS HAVE TO SAY,SO WHAT HAPPEN BETWEEN THE LINES THIS YEAR IS GOING TO TELL ABOUT THE TRADE,,,,REMEMBER BEEN A MAYOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER IS AN HONOR NO MATTER WHERE YOU PLAY!!!

charlie

i am impressed by the maturity of Stanton in the remarks he made. he certainly has more class than the @$#% owner of the team and his little sidekick

Eggie

If we as fan really care about the future of our team let do something about it. Do no go to any games, do no buy any merchandise, do no see them on tv, do no go to the park for any event and let see how long loria will stay as a owner.

Frank

These guys are aweful. They lied to the city in getting the stadium; they lied to the fans in getting them to buy in; and they lied to the players. I want to call on all fans to let these a-- clowns know what they really are wherever you find them: restaurants, bars, snooty art galleries, bathrooms. Shame on them, carpet bangers...

Lou

Frank, "bathrooms", maybe we should pass on that?

artie...no farty

and snooty art galleries...or any art galeeries ,for that matter

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