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Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 12:37 am
Jose Reyes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The winter meetings don't officially start until Monday, but the hot stove heated up Sunday as free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes has agreed to a six-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins,'s Danny Knobler confirms. Reyes will not have a no-trade clause, as is the Marlins' policy.

Once reports surfaced on Sunday that the Marlins had upped their offer north of $100 million, it became obvious the Mets couldn't stay in the bidding, with general manager Sandy Alderson coming out and saying as much in an impromptu press conference at the winter meetings in Dallas. 

Hot Stove Season

Along with the Mets, the Brewers were interested in signing Reyes, but sources had told senior writer Scott Miller that the Marlins were optimistic they could sign Reyes, and they did just that when they outbid everyone. How much did they outbid their competitors? Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweeted that the Mets and Brewers weren't willing to offer more than $75-$80 million over six years. Neither team was interested in going seven years for the 28-year-old because of his history of injuries.

Miami already had one of the game's premier shortstops, but like when the Yankees acquired Alex Rodriguez, the Marlins will move Hanley Ramirez to third base to make room for Reyes.

Miami has already agreed to a contract with closer Heath Bell and seems ready to be the offseason's biggest spender as it readies to open its new ballpark in April. The team is still in the running for veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle and even possibly C.J. Wilson. Miami could also sign Cuban center fielder Yoennis Cespedes, another high-ticket free agent.

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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:18 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

it is disappointing as a Mets fan to see him go.  However, i couldn't see spending that kind of money for him.  We can sign 2 or 3 other very good players for the same money.  His injuries will resurface (i'm not wishing it on him).  He was the most entertaining guy I've ever seen in a Mets uniform.  I hope he does well, and it is a reminder of why I buy Tom Seaver jerseys.  The Mets handled the situation very poorly.  They should have made publice their offer or lack of.  They have to be kidding themselves that they will spend money when the fans come back.  That's not how it works around here.  It looks like another 5 years of crappy baseball in flushing.  Hopefully the NY Rangers can get me to May and then I'll only have to wait a few months for the NFL to get going.  Please sell this team Fred. 

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:06 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

LOL I smell fear already from philly fans.... and oh yea its still not over yet with more players to join miami.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:58 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Great move by the Marlins for all us Phillies fans!  Next we hope the Marlins sign Manny.  This way they can have all the mutts, dogs and malcontents on one team and the Phils won't have to worry about them for years!  Hope all the 9,000 Marlins fans in attendance enjoy your overpaid, under-achieving dogs.  Have fun in last place.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:32 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Hanley doesnt want to move to 3b. Hes not gonna be happy about this and already stated he wasnt gonna to chance postions. I wouldnt be surprised to see Hanley demand a trade. This have been rocky with Hanley anyone over the last 2 years, and why not trade him and free up some cap space and hell def land them a damn good pitcher and some key players also. I wouldnt mind seeing SF trade Cain and a piece here and there for Hanley. Would help out both teams.
First, there's no such thing as a "cap" in baseball.  Second, who the hell is going to trade for HanRam's terrible contract after the awful season he had last year?  As a Giants fan, why would you want to trade a pitching stalwart like Cain for a brooding malcontent like HanRam?  Makes no sense to me.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:26 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Reyes malcontent?not much evidence to support this
That's probably because you've never lived in the New York area during the tenure of Reyes.  Yes, he was a malcontent.  Before this past season, Mets fans were calling up WFAN to express how much they'd like to see him go.

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:07 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Damn it!  Now my Reyes jersey is officially N/A!  I hope you rot in Florida, Jose.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:56 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Most long term, big money contracts are very risky and this one is VERY VERY RISKY!  Reyes has had significant injuries the last two years.  $18 million per year is a little too much for someone that doesn't draw fans to the park.  He is not much of power threat and doesn't drive in runs.  I know that a lead off hitter is not supposed to do those things but $18 per year is ace pitcher and clean up hitter type money, not speedsters and high OBP type players.

On the other hand, this deal can be good if the Marlins deal Hanley for a starting pitcher or two.  Guys like Stanton, Sanchez, Dominguez, and maybe Morrison provide a strong young nucleus.  Adding Reyes to this mix can work.  But for chemistry sake Hanley has to go!  He has proven to be a bad apple & he is already spreading his disease to young players (LoMo for example).

Pitching wins championships and the Marlins need another SP to build rotation depth.  A healthy Josh Johnson along with Nolasco, Sanchez, Volstad, & Vazquez could be really solid with the addition of a #2 or even a #3 guy.  This group is not bad but it could be even better.  Because, as we all know, a good team is one SP injury away from being a terrible team.  If this team goes into the regular season with a #1 coming back from injury, a #2, and a bunch of #4 or #5s then this signing will not make much of a difference.  It could be that the Marlins have planned all along to trade Hanley if they signed Reyes but they cannot make it obvious.  It's too bad that baseball teams can't be open and frank about their intentions.  I guess that's just the "poker" side of the business.  They have to bluff and fold and sometimes go "all in" even when they have a bad hand.

One thing is for sure, many more baseball fans will be paying attention to the Marlins.  They are now more relevant because of the new stadium, new look, new manager and new SS.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:25 pm
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Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:08 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

We now have the best left side of the IF in all of baseball. A-Rod and Jeter in their primes couldn't cme close to what we Marlins fans are going to get in 2012 and beyond. A Penny a win, A $ a win, whatever. Fans will finally start showing up at games and parades will be scheduled annually in October to celebrate the Riley pateneted 3-peat World Series Championships. We ain't no team anymore.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:55 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Marlins had to overpay.  To much money forhim.

  Moving Ramirez to 3B is a bad idea.  Unlike Rodriguez, Hanley is an average SS, not the greatest hands.  Moving him to 3B is a scary propostiion.  A-Rod was a very good SS, so the move to 3B was understandable.

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