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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: May 18, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:53 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

This signing has disaster written all over it!!!!

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:49 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

I don't see any animosity between Reyes and Ramirez because Hanley has to move to 3rd, the 2 are said to be best riends going back a long time. Hanley also has to see how poor of a defenseman he is. 

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:44 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

The Wilponzi's did the unthinkable. They let go of not only the best everyday player on the Mets, but also there shortstop, leadoff hitter, base stealer, run producer, and NL batting champ. Good job. You won't see me at Citifield again this year. Thanks guys.

Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:28 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

I suppose they didn't ask if Ramirez is willing to move to 3rd.

Sometimes I think he should have one of those forehead thermometers, used on kids, except the thermometer shows how unhappy Ramirez is.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:35 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

So tired of Mets brass. They had the chance to get something for him last year for the ONE good year he had. Now we get NOTHING! I hope the Marlins enjoy the lazy bastard he is until his next contract year. 

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:09 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Way, way 2 much and years for someone w/a history of bad legs....I can now go Citi Field and feel good about my team...We lost with him/we can lose w/o him...

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:00 am

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Good. So long Jose "Hamstring" Reyes, and take your stupid a** little 5th grade hand shake high fives with you punk.

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:59 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Mets' ownership will have to count on soccer games to fill Citi Field. You can count on the fact that the Wilpons have  alienated what's left of Mets' fans. Sure as shooting, Alderson must go to sleep every night clutching a copy of Money Ball. Someone should tell him that Oakland isn't a major market team and that trolling for low rent, overlooked probables will secure an uncontested last place finish in the division. Rebuilding? Bollocks. Razing for the ages is more like it. The Wilpons have spit on their fans.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:59 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Firstly, if they got money from luxury tax, why spend it until your ready to make a splash. There is no use wasting money your getting when you can save it for the right time then splurge. The Marlins have won a world series a few times recently compared to other teams so perhaps they do have an idea of when to spend and when not to. Yes it was under different ownership/management ect but I still see no point in overpaying for players like the Nats did with Werth just to say we signed someone. If they have been getting good money and stockpiling it over the last 4 years ect then they can afford to now take a chance on players like Reyes and others.

Secondly, moving into a new (fan friendly with retractable roof so no worry about those fl 20 minute storms/humidity ect) stadium should lead to them drawing a bigger crowd which will lead to more money coming in and therefore they should be able to keep paying top notch players.

Being in Pittsburgh and hearing how the team does not spend the luxury money and so on.... well a few of the players they did sign with that luxury money such as Derek Bell, Kenny lofton and other middle of the road bums was just a waste. They would be much better off if they saved it up for resigning their young core and in about 2 years when their young pitching should come of age go out and get a few big pieces. Until then keep trading the current closer and relievers to keep stockpiling talent.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:51 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Yeah and what about the seasons before last? How much time has he missed? It's a horrible contract.

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