They may have lost him to a divisional rival back in December, but the New York Mets will still honor their former shortstop-now a Miami Marlins shortstop-Jose Reyes with a video tribute on April 24 when the Marlins visit Citi Field for the first time this season, according to reports.
Reyes was the prime free agent target for Miami during the offseason. (Reuters/Steve Nesius)
The Marlins and the 28-year-old Reyes agreed to terms on a six-year, $106 million deal in early December after the Mets made no formal offer to the latter during the offseason. Reyes, who was arguably the best shortstop free agent at the time, previously rejected a six-year, $90 million deal from the Marlins, possibly waiting to see if the Mets would finally come to terms.
Reyes spent nine years with the Mets, batting .292 with 370 stolen bases and 740 runs scored. Last season was his best season with the team after he stole 39 bases, scored 101 runs and hit .337, claiming the franchise's first ever NL batting title. Now, in 10 games with the Marlins, Reyes is hitting just .238 with three stolen bases and four runs scored.
Reports also say that the Mets also plan to honor another player from a divisional rival-the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, who said in March that he would call it quits at the end of the season. According to the New York Daily News, Jones will be honored in some way, although it will probably not include a gift or on-field ceremony. WFAN in New York reported that the tip of the cap for Jones will happen during Atlanta's last visit to Citi Field this season.
Reyes's honor at Citi Field will happen before the opener of a three-game set between the Mets and Marlins.