Jose Reyes timeline
A look at all the key dates, milestones and trips to the disabled list for Jose Reyes during his career.
Aug. 16, 1999: Signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic.
June 10, 2003: Jose Reyes made his major league debut in Texas against the Rangers one day before his 20th birthday. He singled in his first at-bat off John Thomson and would finish the day with two hits and two runs scored.
Sept. 5, 2003: Reyes is placed on the DL for the first time in his career with a Grade 2 sprain of the left ankle and missed the rest of the 2003 season.
March 15, 2004: Placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. He returned on June 19 after missing the first 66 games of the season.
June 19, 2004: Fresh off the DL, Reyes plays his first game at second base after the Mets signed Japanese shortstop Kazuo Matsui during the offseason. By the end of the season, Reyes moved back to short after Matsui failed to live up to expectations in the field and with the bat.
Aug. 13, 2004: Reyes is put on the 15-day DL with a stress fracture of the left fibula. He returned on Sept. 24 after missing 41 games.
June 21, 2006: Reyes becomes the ninth player in Mets history to hit for the cycle. He was 4-for-5 with two runs scored in a loss against the Reds.
July 11, 2006: Reyes was voted the starting shortstop for the National League but does not play due to a minor injury.
Aug. 3, 2006: Reyes signs a four-year, $23.25 million contract extension with the Mets, with an $11 million club option for 2011.
Aug. 15, 2006: Reyes hits three home runs in a game, including a homer from both sides of the plate. It remains Reyes' only three-homer game to date.
Oct. 18, 2006: Reyes hit a leadoff home run in Game 6 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. He was only the fourth Met to homer to begin a postseason game. The Mets would lose in seven games.
July 10, 2007: As the starting shortstop for the National League, Reyes was 3-for-4 with a run scored in a loss to the American League.
July 12, 2007: Reyes hits his ninth career leadoff home run and sets the franchise record, passing Tommie Agee and Lenny Dykstra who had eight.
Aug. 27, 2007: Reyes steals his 67th stolen base, which sets a single-season record for the franchise. Roger Cedeno previously had the record of 66 stolen bases in 1999. Reyes finished 2007 with a career-high 78 stolen bases.
July 20, 2008: Reyes hits his 63rd career triple to surpass Mookie Wilson for the franchise's all-time record.
Sept. 10, 2008: Reyes stole second base against the Washington Nationals for his 282nd career stolen base to pass Mookie Wilson on the Mets all-time steals list.
May 20, 2009: Reyes leaves a game against the Dodgers with a right calf injury. Reyes is placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 26 and would remain there for the rest of the 2009 season.
Oct. 15, 2009: Reyes underwent surgery to clean up scar tissue in his right knee.
March 11, 2010: Reyes is diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid during spring training and starts the season on the disabled list. He would miss the first four games of the season.
May 25, 2010: Reyes becomes the quickest in franchise history to collect 1,000 career hits. It took him 833 games, beating out third basemen David Wright by 35 games.
June 30, 2010: A strained right oblique muscle causes Reyes to miss six games. Reyes was named an All-Star for the third time, but had to skip the game because of the injury. His three All-Star appearances are the most by a Met shortstop.
Aug. 26, 2010: Leaves a game against the Marlins because of another right oblique injury. Reyes would miss 13 games before returning on Sept. 10.
June 21, 2011: General manager Sandy Alderson told the media that Reyes wants to “postpone any negotiations until after the season.” Reyes continues to have a career year and recorded his 100th hit in his 65th game. As of June 21, Reyes was either leading or in the top five of the following categories in baseball, runs (4th), hits (2nd), triples (1st) and steals (2nd).
Aug. 8, 2011: In a game against the Braves, Reyes leaves with stiffness in his left hamstring. The next day, Reyes was placed on the DL. It's the second time this year that a stiff hamstring has landed him on the DL.
Sept. 18, 2011: On the final day of the regular season, with the NL batting title on the line, Reyes removed himself from the lineup after a bunt single in his first at-bat. The hit raised his average to .337, two points ahead of Milwaukee's Ryan Braun. The controversial move gave the Mets their first batting champion in franchise history.
Dec. 4, 2011: The day the Mets were bracing for this offseason finally arrived when Reyes agreed to a six-year deal with the Marlins for $106 million, according to multiple reports. The contract was well above the Mets' threshold but far below what his value was estimated at back in June 2011.
Dec. 7, 2011: Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, right, and team president David Samson, left, pose with Jose Reyes after introducing him to the media during the winter meetings in Dallas.