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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: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

.. what does the fact that his first language is Spanish have to do with any of this? Does it bother you that Spanish speaking players are by far the best players in the majors or are you just a typical philly idiot?



Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

If they had built the stadium in Broward county, which was offerted, but, not as much of the expense of taxpayers ... enjoy Dade county, the Marlins would have easilly made better attendance ratings.  its about the $$ in Loria's pocket.  He will not sign anyone good.  Loria will make it look good, but, not sign ... he is in it for the money & not success.  His offers will all be under the requested amount.
Loria destroyed the Expos & the Marlins will NEVER be good until they have a new owner.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Take it Reyes!  It would be fitting that the Marlins with their new dysfunctional manager, acquire all non-english speaking players to play in front of all non-english speaking crowds.  I'm sure those giant crowds of around 10,000 (don't care about a new stadium, they still won't draw) will enable the Marlins to afford just about anyone they want.  I wonder when Stanton becomes a FA, and then a Phillie.  Phils own the division for at least 3-4 more years. Deal with it.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Oh, that's right the Marlins aren't winners!  2 World Series Championship  Let's be honest some of these players want a chance for a ring and the Marlins are the team that is looking to go all in!


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Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:37 pm
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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

I don't think he takes it! He wants to play for a winner and he won't be if signs with the Marlins!



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Also, there batting avg over their careers are pretty comparable, besides 2011 (but Ramirez was hurt and didn't get along with the coach).  Reyes was a career 270 something hitter until this past year when he hit an amazing 330 something and brought his career avg to about 290....  So, before you bash others on a message board have some stats to back up your argument.  Any idiot can make a speculative argument....


Like saying Reyes was a career .270 something hitter before this year?  Make it .286.  And that's not speculation.  It's pretty easy to figure out.

And by the way. Ramirez was a career .313 hitter before this year, which isn't "pretty comparable" to .270 something or even .286.

What did they say about those in glass houses... 



Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Actually Reyes has been hurt alot the past 3 years.  In 2009 like you said he missed most of the year.  But he also missed about 30+ games in both 2010 and 2011.  The fact that he consistently injures his hamstrings is also a cause for concern for a franchise, 15-16 mil a year player.  It's not like he is getting hit by a pitch and breaking a hand, it's the same injury over and over.   As far as comparing him to Ramirez, their stats are almost a was, besides this past year.  Ramirez hits for much better power and still has speed, he steals about 20 bases a year.  Reyes steals more bases and is a little better in the field, but doesn't have as much pop.  Also, there batting avg over their careers are pretty comparable, besides 2011 (but Ramirez was hurt and didn't get along with the coach).  Reyes was a career 270 something hitter until this past year when he hit an amazing 330 something and brought his career avg to about 290....  So, before you bash others on a message board have some stats to back up your argument.  Any idiot can make a speculative argument....



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

I don't know what he will sign for, however I have sure noticed a lot of desperate clubs looking to overpay a lot of people to land talent.  And yes Reyes had a good year last year, however take out last year and he hits .285 career not the batting title numbers shown last year.  Then you have to deal with the hammy issues, which always cause issues for atheletes.  I know some people will say he is not injury prone, however he did miss significant time 3 years of his career in 03,04 and 09 and more time in each 10, and 11.




Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

to the Habs fan....no self respecting fan of the Expos would be a Marlins fan...Loria destroyed the Expos...just saying!


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