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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: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:16 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

What moron owner would rather have an always injured Reyes or Hanley? Yeah Hanley has issues with injuries also and lack of hustle, but i would take him over Reyes any day of the week. And honeslty only think the Marlins will sign some pitchers and a hitter not worth mentioning

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:59 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Marlins also need to add some bullpen and a starter to round out the team along with Reyes if he signs. Josh Johnson and Anibel Sanchez need one more proven starter aside from Nolasco to be competitive. Madsen is a good fit for this team and a few middle relievers. I see Reyes going to the Marlins but nobody else does. Will the Giants offer him $110M?

Jeff Loria promised the city of Miami an $80M payroll for their new stadium. This would be up from a $55M payroll of last yeat I believe. The 2012 attendance would then dictate the payroll for 2013 and future years.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:57 pm


I have a solution for the Marlins. Up the offer to Reyes and trade Hanley to the Cubs for Zambrano. You get your man and a pitcher free of charge. We will eat his horrendous contract and take Hanley, just nudge Starlin to third or second. Before I get crushed in replies, I know it isn't happening, but a man can dream. Go Cubs Go!

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:44 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

There is no question Reyes will not sign that contract. The Mets almost for certain would match it and several teams out there will probably offer more.  If I were Reyes I would actually be kinda disapoointed seeing what Crawford (whose numbers are almost identical) got last year. Florida will have to come up with more than that if they have a realistic shot at signing him.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:44 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

If that sets the market for Reyes, the Mets will have no excuse for not re-signing him.  If I were Reyes, I would be insulted by this offer despite the six years.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:23 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

It would be a huge mistake for the Giants to sign Reyes..those cold damp nights will wreck havoc on his tender hammies!  Looking at the very least to have 2-3 DL stints a year in SF.

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:22 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Not a chance Jose accepts this offer..but if he does there will be outrage in Mets nation. I think a lot more Mets fans , myself included , dont want Jose back. Especially at at 100 million dollar price tag. But if he accepts less then 20 mil a year from a team other then the Mets a lot of the fanbase will be pissed.

With that said I think the Nats , Mariners , Brewers and Giants will all offer much more then 90 mil.  

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:16 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

6 years 90 millions. Not a chance. Hopefully the Giants can offer him 115 millions for 6 years.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:11 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Ramirez has been in decline for 2 years.  What makes you think that this is not a permanent trend?  His horrible attitude is well documented.  I see him getting in Guillen's doghouse quickly and staying there.  I don't think he will be the 243 hitter he was last season, but I doubt he gets back to the342 from 2009, or even the 300 mark from 2010 again.  Slugging numbers are also down.  20 to 25 HRs, 65 to 70 RBIs is probably what you can expect at the high end...thats not a lot of production for a guy that is making what he is making.  And with his me first, me all the time attitude, do you think he will be happy not being the best paid position player on the team?

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:08 pm

Report: Marlins make $90 million offer to Reyes

Ill tae the under on

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