On Tuesday night, he will make his first appearance against the Mets when New York opens a three-game series against Miami at Citi Field. His former team will honor him with a pregame video tribute.
Reyes signed a six-year, $106 million contract with the Marlins in December, departing New York with a .292 batting average, 81 home runs and 370 stolen bases. He was coming off a career year in 2011, when he batted .337 with an .877 OPS, 16 triples, 101 runs scored and 39 steals.
Now, the Mets -- including third baseman David Wright -- will see Reyes across the field, in the opposing dugout.
"I consider him one of my closest friends in baseball, and that's no different now," Wright said. "Obviously, we're going to try to go out there and try to beat him as badly as possible, and hopefully he doesn't get any hits against us. But as soon as he leaves here, you always kind of check the box scores and hope he does well."
The Mets wanted to bring back Reyes, and even believed at one point they had a chance to do so, but ultimately they could not match the Marlins' offer.
"With Jose, look, we were going to give it our best shot," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but strange things happen."
Reyes is off to a slow start with his new team, batting .230 with a .294 on-base percentage. He did double twice in five at-bats in the Marlins' most recent game, Saturday at Washington.
The Mets have given Ruben Tejada 15 of 16 starts so far at shortstop, with Ronny Cedeno getting the other. Tejada, 22, is batting .263 with a .344 OBP.
Marlins: Rotation remains in order
A rainout Sunday in Washington did not cause Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to alter his starting rotation. Josh Johnson, scheduled to take the mound in the series finale against the Nationals, instead will do so in the opener against the Mets.
"We'd like to see JJ every five days," Guillen said. "I think he's back [on] track. We know this is a process with him."
The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA in three starts, allowing 28 hits in 16 2/3 innings. But he moved in the right direction with a seven-inning, two-run outing against the Cubs last Tuesday.
"Just to get deep into the game was good," Johnson said. "There were a couple hard-hit balls, but some just found holes and found ways to get through. I was out there battling and found a way to get through seven."
Omar Infante went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter Saturday in his return to action after missing the previous three games with a sore left groin. When he's been in the lineup, Infante has been hot, batting .325 with four home runs and a .775 slugging percentage. The second baseman will likely be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Mets: Santana bumped back
Johan Santana was supposed to make his fourth start of the season Monday against the Giants, but Sunday's rainout changed the team's plans. Miguel Batista and Dillon Gee pitched in Monday's doubleheader, with Santana now slated for Tuesday.
"It's about the entire staff," manager Terry Collins said. "We talked all spring long about making sure we keep our five starters in sync. And if we don't, we end up getting them out of sync if we don't back somebody up. We talked to Johan. He was on board with it. As a matter of fact, he said, 'The worst thing we can do is screw up somebody else.' So we decided to go that way."
Santana (0-2, 3.97 ERA) now received an extra day off after giving up six runs, four earned, in a career-low 1 1/3 innings against the Braves last Tuesday.
"I wanted to pitch the next day after that, let's just put it that way," Santana said. "But that's not the way it is. It's just a bad outing, that's all it is. You just put it back and hope that the next one, you can bounce back and do better."
The Mets will be resuming division play after a four-game break against the Giants. New York played its first 12 contests against NL East foes and went 7-5.
Current Marlins have managed only a .191 average and a .219 OBP in 140 career plate appearances against Santana. They have not hit a single home run against him.