Jose Reyes arrives at Marlins spring training

Newly acquired Miami Marlins' Jose Reyes, right, and

Newly acquired Miami Marlins' Jose Reyes, right, and Heath Bell arrive at a media availability conference. (Dec. 16, 2011) (Credit: AP)

JUPITER, Fla. -- Free of his trademark dreadlocks, Jose Reyes reported for work Thursday morning at Roger Dean Stadium, beginning life as a Miami Marlin.

While he expressed hurt feelings last December that the Mets didn't try harder to keep him, Reyes said he was now fully ready to move forward.

"That's in the past," Reyes told reporters. "I can't worry about what happened there. I need to focus on this team."

That the Mets already gave away his uniform number 7 -- to new bench coach Bob Geren -- didn't appear to distress Reyes.

"I'm not there," Reyes said. "They can do whatever they want to with number 7."

He flew from New York, where he still makes his full-time home, to South Florida on Wednesday night, and Reyes said he, too, has been captivated by Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

"It's crazy, man," Reyes said. "It's good. He's a guy who has a lot of energy, too. The fans like that. He brings a winning attitude. In New York, that is the most important thing, winning. When you are winning, it's so good."

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