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New York Mets: The Bittersweetness of Being Jose Reyes

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 27, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIINovember 14, 2012

This morning it seems that Jose Reyes will be packing his bags for the second time in the span of a year, as he was shipped off to the Toronto Blue Jays in a multi-player deal the day before, according to ESPN. 

To be honest, I found this move surprising, but hardly shocking.  Over the years, we've come to expect this kind of move from the Marlins and their owner Jeffrey Loria, as ESPN's Jerry Cransnick explains:

It sounds a little trite to say "what a difference a year makes" in assessing the state of the Miami Marlins, but the cliche definitely applies. The franchise that knows no shame—and has a long and illustrious history of slashing and burning—has sunk to new and previously unimaginable depths.

The Marlins began the 2012 season as a highly publicized, potentially combustible assortment of mismatched parts. They quickly devolved into a dysfunctional, rudderless reality show of a mess. And in the course of a few hours Tuesday evening, they became downright unrecognizable.

By now, Marlins fans have probably grown accustomed to this behavior, but that doesn't make it any more acceptable.  

Meanwhile, for some Mets fans, I'd imagine news of Reyes being shipped off to Canada is highly entertaining given the nature of his bitter/awkward departure a year ago.  

Is it wrong that I actually feel bad for Reyes?

Sure, he now joins a Toronto roster that looks poised to put up a solid fight in the AL East next season. However, it has to be bittersweet on some level to find yourself shoved out the door by two separate franchises in the span of a year while simply doing what you were paid to do on the field.

At the same time, I'm sure Reyes as a professional is well aware that this is a business. It's just a shame that the timing of his departure from New York came at the exact same time when the Mets as an organization appeared to be on the verge of collapse from the top down.

A year later, it's still hard to tell exactly which direction the Mets are going, as they once again face some tough decisions regarding star third baseman David Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey, both of whom most Mets fans would love to see remain in New York.  

The decisions involving their future will be telling, but until that time comes, I continue to find myself foolishly wondering if one year would have made a difference for Reyes as well as Wright and Dickey.

Deep down I still believe Reyes was pound for pound the most exciting positional player to ever put on a Mets uniform, but I digress. 

Sometimes, as Jose Reyes is learning once again, you just need to move on.

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