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.

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"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.

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"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."