Jose Reyes has been afforded something with the Blue Jays that he never received in Miami: A second chance.

Reyes joined the Marlins as a free agent prior to the 2012 season with grand expectations of turning that team into a contender. Less than a year later, he was traded away as Miami abandoned its postseason aspirations in favor of rebuilding for the distant future.

The initial outlook was similar in Toronto, as Reyes joined a star-studded group that began the year as one of the favorites to win the World Series. Once again, though, his club fell well short of that goal. But instead of breaking things up, the Blue Jays have decided to see things through, which gives Reyes his shot at redemption.

"That means a lot," Reyes said during a sitdown interview with MLB.com. "In Miami, we didn't have that opportunity. Well, they traded me after the first year, so I didn't have that opportunity. Here, it's a little bit different.

"We know we had a tough year, a disappointing year, but at least we have the same guys here that went through it last year. I think this year we're going to be way better."

The most remarkable thing about the Blue Jays' 2013 season isn't that they didn't contend for a spot in the playoffs, but how quickly everything went off the rails. Toronto began the year by losing its first three series. By the end of April, the club was eight games under .500 and already 9 1/2 games back of the Red Sox for first place in the American League East.

A crippling ankle injury to Reyes was one of the main reasons why. He was just 10 games into his career with the Blue Jays when he suffered a severely sprained left ankle while stealing second base in Kansas City. Reyes is one of the most upbeat and personable athletes in the game, but in this case, he was left completely devastated.

Reyes was put on crutches and told he wouldn't be back until the All-Star break. To his credit, the four-time All-Star defied the odds by returning before the end of June, but it was apparent all along that he still wasn't himself.

The Dominican Republic native was frequently spotted limping around the field and in the clubhouse. His trademark speed and explosiveness weren't quite there, and the doctors told him the only way he would get it back was with a period of prolonged rest.