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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: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:33 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

The Marlins are my favorite team but this is a smoking mirror offer.  The weather? Puuuuleeeese.  Reyes is good for 100 games and two pulled hammies.  Okay, he signs.  Where does Hanley go?  If he moves to 3rd it means that Brooks Jr. (aka Matt Dominguez) isn't ready for the big time.  Seems Matt can't hit a beachball with an ironing board.  Move him to CF?  Don't think so.  That requires effort, something that Hanley isn't likely to give.  Besides, Morrison or even Coughlan will crash into a fence long before Hanley will.  Oh wait jes a minit.  Ozzie is going to change all that right?  S'plain to me Lucy how Oz is going to change Hanley back into a ball player who cares about his team before they go toe-to-toe in an abbreviated MMA match.  (By the way, I'd put my money on Oz since the H'man would give a second rendition of 'no mas, no mas').   This all looks jim-dandy to the media, but the Marlins need to focus on pitching.  J.J. is an ace when he's healthy but when does that happen?  Ricky and Anibal are wildly inconsistent and would likely be a 4 or 5 on most other teams.  The Volstad/West/Sanabia experiment is over.  So, who is going to toe the rubber?  Baseball fans, especially in NY and STL don't lose any sleep that Reyes or Albert are coming to SoFla.  Not happening.  Yeah, Miami, Hispanic, a puddle jumper to your homeland.  But, who's going to foot the bill when the Marlins are 20 games under .500, no pitching, and no fans in the stands? Of course, Loria.  He'll sell a Rembrandt right?  Firesale.   

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:31 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

6 years $90,000,000, where do I sign. Oh, they don't want me.  I have never been a fan of Reyes and just bias against him.  I would like to see Buehrle in a Met's uniform.  He is better than anyone we've got.  If Santana comes back and is solid, weve have a good 1, 2 punch, Niese and Gee at 3 and 4 Dickey 5th starter.  I think Buehrle is a solider investment than Reyes, especially if Santana is not very close to the old Santana.  The guy (Buehrle) eats innings and there would be less drain on our bull pen, another soft stop in my mind.  What is the flaw in my plan?

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:27 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

His knees are not going to last the six years and will become the boondoogle of a contract for the miami marlins (who chose the worst looking logo and uni i have seen since houston astros of early 80's)

Don Cheadle opps I mean Jose Reyes is not going to work well with Hanley, so I hope Hanley goes to SF Giants if that is the case.

Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:17 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Reyes is represented by Chris Leible who from all accounts is one of the true stand up guys in baseball. I'm sure he will lead Jose in the right direciton. 

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:06 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

HAHAHAHAHA this is what the marlins offer reyes? are u kidding me? if this is the area of money that reyes is going to be signed for, he better be in a met uni next year. there is really no excuse for this guy to go to miami, stay in ny reyes please

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:47 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

I would love for someone to explain to me this nonsense about Miami being better for Reyes because of the weather. The game is played in the summer. How is this a big deal? I'm guessing he isn't out shoveling snow in New York in February so what does it matter whether he is playing in New York or Miami from April to September?

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:46 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

All I have to say is how greedy has Reyes and the rest of MLB become?  I mean they won't be willing to accept a $15 million/year contract?  Hello I and everyone else on this board will never sniff that amount of money in their lifetimes, yet he doesn't accept it...Come on!

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:29 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

If that's close to the market the Mets have no excuse for not signing him.  That should worry them since their tactic seems to be to pretend to be interested and then claim they were outbid - won't fly if the bids come in this low. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:27 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

funny after years of not paying anyone but hanley, the marlins have money to get pujols and reyes.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:19 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Who the hell want Zambrano? That bull is out of control. LOL

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