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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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:26 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

How funny MLB is....the fire sale specialists in FL, don`t care if they`re the artist now known as the Miami Marlins.  That is just as bad as those hideous new orange infused & confused uni`s.  Back to the point which is a team that had a very low payroll and piss poor ownership the Mralins, now gets yet another boost from MLB $$ in a new stadium and unlimited payroll(for now) to sign Reyes.  All this while the Bernie Madoff Mess...ERR Mets are going to power suck next year. Keep it up MLB, Im` sure the Miami faitful will care about those Mralins for long.   

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:56 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Mets - Reyes = Worse

Marlins + Reyes = Better

How much a team pays to get better -- or tries to save in exchange for getting worse -- is only relevant to the organizations footing the bills. Any Mets fan that is happy or Marlins fan that is unhappy about this deal is in denial.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:45 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

The marlins are outbidding the Mets?  the next thing u know Pujols willsign with the Royals.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:32 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Yea, Reyes is injury prone, he got more $$ than he's worth seems like Alderson made the right decision!  Reyes has a loyal fan base in NY, but who cares, it's all about the money.  What is the max I can get and who is desparate enough to pay? 

I didn't want to see Reyes go but, the amount players are getting paid is getting way out of hand.  Will the Mets turn around and pay someone else a $15/M a year?  A good shortstop is worth big $ but, come on, not that kind of hefty salary! 

We'll see how pissed Ramirez is and how the conflict disrupts the team.  So WHEN! Reyes gets hurt, is Ramirez going to play short!  Hahaha Ramirez will be laughing when that happens.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:02 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

As a Met's fan I am happy for Jose he played well enough to get the big contract. Even though I am sad to see him leave I am happy the Met's didn't pay him more then 100 Million... Look at one of the last times that happened ... Carlos Beltran and we all know how that worked out. I feel the Met's are in a rebulid mode and I agree with them dumping Reyes if thats what they plan on doing. I am confident in Ruban Tejata at short for the long term he is young with a decent amout of upside... granted he is no Jose Reyes.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:42 am
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Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:25 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

This deal has DISASTER written all over it! The Marlins clearly overpaid for a decent but highly injury-prone player. If they think he will be the difference maker and propel them into respectibility they will be very dissapointed.

Reyes gave up a loyal fan base and at least a fighters chance at the post season for a huge paycheck and a great beach. I hope he enjoys South Florida because he is going to MLB purgatory. Players ultimately end up regretting these deals, though they never admit it....I'll be surprised if at the end of the contract he's still wearing a Marlin jersey. They will trade him away (or he'll beg to get out) LONG before the deal is through..

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:45 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

One last thing, to the "I'm done as a Mets fan" crowd, make sure that when the worm eventually turns, as it generally does unless you are the Pirates, I'd hope younall stick to that promise. The negative attitude that runs through the mets fan base is like no other I have ever seen. If getting rid of Reyes drags thousands of negative know nothing fans away from Citi Field, in the long-term this will be a good day for real fans of this team. Everyone begged for a realistic GM then we get one, he doesn't spend 110m on a player with great ability, but one that relies on his legs. A player that had a 3 or 4 year run of playing 150 games but otherwise seems to end up on the dl a couple of times a year, including his walk year. There is no doubt if the mets were a contending team this would be way worse, but as everyone knows they aren't. Are the Marlins a contending team? I'm not sure, but I guess they are willing to take a shot that Hanley Ramirez won't pout all year, and Josh Johnson will somehow be healthy, because they finished 8 games behind the mets last year.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:32 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal


Reyes being injury prone in the sense that you talk about is highly overrated.  He played 77% of the season (126 games) last year even with the 1 injury that kept him out for a few weeks. In fact, the 2009 season is the only season in which he has missed significant time (played in only 36 games), otherwise, Reyes has gone for a minimum of ~130 games every season since 2005.

This current deal itself also is a marketable deal ($10 mill per year until Reyes is 34).  If the Marlins feel in 3 years that they can't afford to pay Reyes current contract, they could offer him to one of the large market teams (Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, etc) and it would totally be something they could take on.

There are 12 teams who have team payrolls over $100 million and there are 19 teams with payrolls over $80 million and prior to this offseason the Marlins were not any of them ($58 million in 2011).  CENATION, you also fail to discuss why the Marlins have been so frugal since Wayne Huizenga sold the team.  The Marlins did not collect a dime of revenue from SunLife stadium except maybe a % of consession stand sales.  They could not get any luxury suite dollars, advertising dollars, parking dollars, etc because that went to the owner of the stadium. Wayne Huizenga owned the Fins, Marlins, & stadium but only sold off the Marlins and kept the rest to himself.  The stadium was sold with the Dolphins to a new owner who used to be a minority Fins owner.

It only seems that the Marlins can't afford it because they've been so cheap for so long but the reality is they can probably add $40 million and still survive.  Are they spending wisely? well that can be debated but certainly they are not going bankrupt in doing so.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:30 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

As a 30 year mets fan I do find it pathetic that it's come to the point where we can't afford to keep our homegrown players, and are out bid by the marlins. That being said, the idea that this team is going to be a playoff caliber team for at least the first 2 or 3 years of this new contract is unrealistic. The mets have to rebuild, with young pitchers, and draft picks, like the two they will get for Reyes. They have some young talent in players like Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, and they have a number of high end young pitchers including Zachary wheeler who they acquired for Beltran. Bottom line is Jose Reyes as exciting and talented as he is has been to the playoffs once in 8 years. Not all his fault but the mets can finish 4 th with or without him while Alderson tries to rebuild. It's dark days ifor mets fans but laying out 100m for Reyes wasn't gonna brighten much. So all the fans that will never go back yo a mets game, your doing yourself and the fans that actually are realistic a big favor.

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