Jose Reyes Has Not Signed With the Marlins

Rumors of a signing prove incorrect.

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    Nothing to clap about (or cry about) just yet.

    For a while there, Sunday was shaping up to be one of the worst days in the history of New York sports.

    While everyone was in agony watching the Giants and Jets fall all over themselves in big games, word broke that Jose Reyes had signed with the newly rechristened Miami Marlins as a free agent.

    The word didn't come via the normal pipeline for such information but, frankly, it made so much sense that it isn't surprising that people took the news and ran with it the way Reyes runs around the bases on one of his shots into the gap.

    No one stopped to think about the fact that Reyes moving to Miami would impact Hanley Ramirez, the Marlins' best player who would have to shift positions, or that he would be signing a deal pretty quickly for a guy who figured to get several offers on the open market.

    Everyone has been waiting for this day, so it went from 0 to 60 with the speed of a Ferrari racing through South Beach late on a Saturday night.

    Almost as quickly as the news broke, there were waves of people, including Reyes' agent, sending out word that there actually was not any deal between Reyes and the team.

    That meant we could all stop wondering about what Reyes would look like wearing a uniform of Marlin whatever you call the color that these new uniforms come in.

    Or maybe you shouldn't stop wondering. It is probably best to make yourself as prepared as possible for the day when the news about Reyes signing with someone other than the Mets is a reality.

    That remains the likeliest outcome of this saga, whether you want to look at it through the prism of song lyrics or if you simply want to accept the fact that the Mets aren't going to break the bank for Reyes' services next season. If something changes and Reyes comes back to Queens, that's great, but, as the boy scouts say, it is always best to be prepared.

    So thanks for the premature report because it gives everyone a chance to get themselves ready for the moment when Reyes really does pick his next team. But, Jose, please don't do it in the middle of a jam-packed football Sunday.

    Tuesday at around noon would work out best for everybody.

    Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter and he is also a contributor to Pro Football Talk.