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Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:13 am
Edited on: November 15, 2011 12:33 pm
 
Reyes
By Evan Brunell

The Brewers need a shortstop, but it's unlikely to be Jose Reyes, who has a lucrative offer in hand from the Marlins.

"One call," Brewers GM Doug Melvin told MLB.com. "No numbers."

Reyes is one of the hottest names on the market and has already received a six-year, $90 million offer from the Marlins, Fox Sports reports. That's not likely to be good enough for Reyes to sign, as the shortstop is seeking a contract north of $100 million. However, Miami's offer is not all that far away from Reyes' magic number, so it's easy to envision the Marlins upping the price and getting Reyes, who is intrigued by the opportunity to play in Miami and under skipper Ozzie Guillen. The appeal of Miami has to do with the city, plus the ability to play in good weather which could help Reyes avoid hamstring problems that have plagued him so far in his career.

The Brewers also need a shortstop, but it's hard to imagine Milwaukee ponying up the money to sign Reyes. In a discussion about first baseman Prince Fielder a couple days ago, Melvin indicated it was extremely unlikely Fielder would return to the Brewers because of payroll constraints. The same constraints will keep Reyes out of Milwaukee.

But Melvin is still on the prowl for a new shortstop, having lunch with Rafael Furcal's agent on Monday and reaching out to Yuniesky Betancourt's agent, MLB.com writes. While Betancourt is an awful shortstop and it was a no-brainer for Milwaukee to decline its $6 million option on Betancourt after the season, at some point, beggars can't be choosers. If Melvin can't entice Furcal or another shortstop (how about Clint Barmes?) to town, Betancourt may represent Melvin's best choice.

"I would think anybody who needs a shortstop and who is a contender has to look at [Furcal]," agent Paul Kinser told MLB.com. "Like I said, he brings the intangibles. The other guys haven't won the championships. ... He might miss a few games during the year, but when he's on the field, he's a difference-maker."

Melvin, for his part, admitted the Brewers won't be part of any free agency moves early on.

"We probably are going to be late in signing players," Melvin said. "I don't know if there's bargains at the start. ... Tell me an early signing that's a good deal."

While an early signing of Reyes by Miami will force the Marlins to give up a pretty penny, it would certainly change the complexion of the team and give the club an offensive dynamo that could be the missing piece for the offense. But would incumbent shortstop Hanley Ramirez move? The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer writes that Ramirez is not pleased about the possibility of changing positions -- and that Reyes and Ramirez aren't as friendly as reports make out.

That could potentially open the door for a Ramirez trade if Reyes is signed. The Marlins' payroll can only hold roughly one big-ticket signing in order to have money to flesh the rest of the team out. But a Ramirez trade could not only help supplement the big-league team, but would free up enough money for the club to chase down its other free agent targets, thought to be Albert Pujols, Ryan Madson and Mark Buehrle.

Those wondering if Reyes could end up back with the Mets? GM Sandy Alderson said his team wasn't out of the race to resign the shortstop.

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Comments

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Talented? Yes.  But dude gets hurt so much that 100 million sounds like a ridiculous amount.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

The point of negotiating a contract is for the buyer to offer a low, but somewhat reasonable number. The player can accept or reject and offer something else. Then the two sides work to find something in the middle.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:51 am
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

The Marlins are flashing alot of Cash but Now let's get this thing done with Albert. Sign him and that is that or dont sign him and the 200 million saved go out and upgrade our Team. Enough talk ! Lets get another World Series. I wouldn't mine Rollins and Buehrle on the Cardinals Starting day line up if Albert wants more money. We would have a great Lineup with Hitters and Pitchers . WAINWRIGHT-CARPENTER-GARCIA-BUEHRLE

-LOSHE-AND MOTTE CLOSER-ADD ROLLINS BAT AND FIELDING AND CRAIG AND BERKMAN INTERCHANGEABLE POSITIONS.
We would be just fine without Great Albert and if it has to be we will win again ....



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:42 am
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

While an early signing of Reyes by Miami will force the Marlins to give up a pretty penny, it would certainly change the complexion of the team and give the club an offensive dynamo that could be the missing piece for the offense. But would incumbent shortstop move? The 's Clark Spencer writes that Ramirez is not pleased about the possibility of changing positions -- and that Reyes and Ramirez aren't as friendly as reports make out.


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Ummm, WTF? All we've been reading is how Ramirez is going to move to third....now it might not happen? I think the guy has too much ego. Trade him, free up some salary room to sign more players and bring up Dominguez.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:30 am
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Philly fans are humbled because they always find a way to choke at the end of the season.  How are those Eagles doing by the way? Your sports teams are being compared to Cleveland!  By the way, why is it that many Philly fans act like idiots in the stands at sporting events?  Then when you go on the road to cheer on your team you act like they've won every title in recent years.  You haven't won crap so stop acting like you have. No IQ's that 's why.



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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 6:00 am
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Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:28 am
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

does this get rid of lazy ole Han Ram... if not then the Marlins will not improve..



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:27 am
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Reyes certainly makes sense for the Marlins but the size of the contract (6 yrs) for a guy who hasn't put in a full season's worth of playing time is debatable
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 he played 126 and 133 the last 2 years. 2009 he only played 36 but the 4 years before that he played 161,153,160 and 159 in his first 4 full seasons. taking out 2009 he has had over 500 AB's in 6 of the 7 seasons and over 600 in 4 of them. He hasn't missed as much as people think about him and he plays hard every game.



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:52 am
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

LOL, Phillie Fans crack me up. What is it going to take to humble them?



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:29 am
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Reyes certainly makes sense for the Marlins but the size of the contract (6 yrs) for a guy who hasn't put in a full season's worth of playing time is debatable.

Reyes' run potential is what the Marlins are valuing.  They need guys on base for Ramirez and Stanton to drive home and the alternatives are just weak.  Coughlan isn't cutting it and getting a true lead off hitter now is a good move.  Ramirez may not like the idea of changing positions but Reyes has a better arm and he has more range and is the better defender.  Marlins fans have always felt Ramirez should be moved to another position for a better defender but his ego wouldn't allow it for someone with no star power.

Now that Reyes is into the mix, perhaps he does what all people with power end up doing and that is move to a corner position.

However, getting Reyes would be worthless without the team addressing their closer needs.  If Beinfest cannot close the deal for Heath Bell or some other reliable closer who throws with power then forget about the value of Reyes because the Fish will always struggle to close out games.

There is also the question of the back of the rotation as well and as long as Beinfest is able to find marginal MLB arms to close out the starting rotation instead of consistently putting a AAA player at the 5 and seeing continuous losses .

Ultimately, they have been avoiding the closer position & the back of the rotation for years and it's been a real hinder to any sustainable winning streaks throughout a season.

They can't settle for just Reyes and hope people show up in the stands or else that circus act will be exposed pretty quickly with blown saves and automatic losses from a AAA starter out of the 5th starting spot.

Hopefully, Beinfest has a real plan in place so that the fans can be happy again.


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