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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 16, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:27 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

This guy is worth 106 million? He always gets hurt. Are the Marlins trying to be the Eagles of baseball?

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:26 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

You mean the young Marlins team of Ivan Rodriguez (31), Mike Redmond (32), Luis Castillo (28), Derrek Lee (28), Mike Lowell (29), and Jeff Conine (37)? Yeah they had Miguel Cabrera as a rookie that year but he was the only position player on the roster under 26.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:16 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

What happened to the Marlins??  Remember when they won the World Series with young fresh players and a tiny payroll??  They're going about trying to get back to championship form in the exact opposite way than they used to... This team is going to start fast out of the gate, and implode around the middle of July.  Mets, tear a page out of the Marlins history book, and do it the way the Marlins used to; low payrolll, young exciting players.  Good luck with your new formula, Miami!

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:45 am
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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:23 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

What about Pujols or was that just a fluke ?

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:21 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

I think this is a good move by the Marlins. Reyes is injury prone but perhaps the warm Miami weather will help him stay healthy, we'll see. But he did lead the league in hitting, and he stays in the NL, in fact stays in the NL east.

Also Reyes is the type of player Ozzie loves, the fast leadoff guy who gets on base a lot and can cause havoc. If the Marlins get another starting pitcher, they can be a big factor in the playoff race next year.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:09 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

See how the Marlins feel when he is 31 and still has 3 years remaining at 18 million a year.  I am a Mets fan and this was a good move, we never won with him, and since we never will ever win again it makes it easy to take.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:31 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to six-year, $106M deal

you get 5 stars just for typing "Bollocks", a little more popular in my day.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:04 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

reyes is still an all star, and has Mvp potenial,, the only problem with him is injuries

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:55 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

The Marlins are going all in with their spending again hoping they can get a new title within the next 3 years before they have their trademark firesale again.  They'll run into a big problem this time because Reyes isn't gonna be worth jacksh*t after 3-4 years in on his contract, he'll be sitting on the DL 75% of the time by then and not a single team in baseball will be willing to take on his contract.  It's an all or nothing approach the Marlins are taking, they should enjoy it now while they can, but if they don't win anything in the next 3 years they won't be winning anything at all for a long time.

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