At precisely one minute after midnight on Nov. 3, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria walked into the Carlyle Hotel in New York wearing an overcoat befitting the winter climate.

Hidden beneath the garment, though, was a surprise.

When Loria approached Jose Reyes, the free agent shortstop he had come to woo, he opened his coat to reveal not only the new Miami Marlins jersey, but one bearing Reyes' name and number.

"He takes his coat off and he has my jersey — No. 7 — and I say, 'Well, it's gonna be interesting,'" Reyes recalled.

On Wednesday, Reyes was wearing his very own Marlins uniform.