New York Mets fans saw the inevitable Wednesday, as free agent Jose Reyes donned a Miami Marlins jersey at a press conference for the first time.
Reyes said the Mets never really made him a serious offer, although the Mets reportedly offered him a six-year deal with an option for a seventh year.
The All-Star shortstop thanked the Mets and his fans in New York, but stresses that his career in the Big Apple is over.
"Good time and bad time, I had some great time in New York but also bad times, when I had injury. They never walk away, always supporting me. I had to thank them. Hopefully, when I go to Citi Field, I'm sorry for them, but I'm going to help Miami Marlins win. It is a business," Reyes said. "I really appreciated from them, that they gave me an opportunity to play professional baseball, to play in the big leagues. I appreciate that. That's something I'll never forget. They were the first team I played in the big leagues, but other than that, it's time for me to move on. Like I said, I'm part of a new family now."
With the Mets looking to reduce salary, Reyes' departure hardly came as a surprise, and his penchant for injury also did not help the argument for signing him long-term.
The Mets have lost consistently, and now fans wonder if third baseman David Wright might also want to leave, leading to a total revamping of the team.
Perhaps the Mets' history of the late 1970s and early 1980s will be repeated. That team, much like right now, was not good, but it drafted two players named Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, which led to a renaissance.
Mets fans can only hope for a similar result on a dreary day like Wednesday.