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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
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 "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, 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 "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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Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:04 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Velasquez was pitching lights out before the end of the season for us. If we can get Burhelle I think we need one more quality starter. 

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:31 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

I do believe you have no idea what you're talking about. Reyes is MUCH more talented in the field than Hanley ever thought about being. Reyes is faster...and looking at this year...was overall better at the plate. So, take a step back, watch a few games, and make your comment again. By the way...Reyes is nowhere near hurt every year. He got hurt in the '09 season. 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:12 pm

Every comment has the same title.....

So much fun to read.

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:30 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Trade Voto for Ramirez !
Sounds good to me.

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:26 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

I doubt this is a legitimate offer. They are trying to up the market for any other NL east team trying to sign him. This is all show.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:10 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

  As a fish fan, I am all about bringing in Reyes. Unfortunately Matt Dominguez has yet to figure out how to use that bat he holds when he steps to the plate. This will force Hanley to move to 3B, another option is to move Hanley to the outfield and make a play at Michael Young or a Youk type veteran to hold the corner infield position until Dominguez comes around (if he does).

Beyond hitting, the Fish need to find a way to secure an SP and add depth to their bullpen!

Hope they land some top prizes and not end up with Josh Willingham, Coco Crisp, Huroki Kuroda and overpay for K-Rod.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:43 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

This will be catastrophic if he accepts this deal. An injury proned player for that kind of dough is not smart business. If they want to spend big sign Fielder. He will produce.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:42 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

I posted a comment about 2 weeks ago on here when first hearing about the Marlins interest in Reyes.  It said that I could see the Marlins signing Reyes and then dealing Hanley, potentially to the Red Sox.  I think this could still happen.  The Sox originally had Han Ram in their system and there are many who wish he had never been traded.  The Sox have also been pretty dismal at SS since Nomar.

The question is can the Red Sox put together a package of players good enough to make this happen..I think they could.  Lowrie (3B), Kalish (OF) and a young pitcher could be pretty enticing to the Marlins and on top of that they free up money to make a run at one of the other big FA's.

For the Red Sox adding Hanley into their loaded infield would allow Scutaro to play his natural utility infielder role.  It could also free the Sox up to trade Youklis if the offer is good enough.  Stay tuned, this could get interesting.

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:09 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

He had 1 great season and is hurt every year. I would pull that offer off the table if I was Miami. Hanley and Reyes are the same age and Hanley is cheaper with only 2 years left on his deal. Wouldnt you rather Hanley who is much more talented and a better all around player? 

They should go after Prince, keep Hanley and forget about Reyes.  

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:53 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

I don't know if I want Reyes either.  Even if they trade Hanley, it is an improvement at SS?  I don't think so.  If they can convince Hanley to move to 3B, then maybe it works.  As for the money, remember Fla. has no state income tax, so what Reyes was getting banged for in NY he won't get banged for here, and that it worth something.  is it $10 million?  Maybe not, but it might be $4-5 million, and maybe the Marlins are willing to come up another $6 million (that's $1 mil a year).

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