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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: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:46 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

I agree its going to be interesting on how the investigation ends up.  I just don't see how they can really spend this much money when they said there were so "financially strapped" and it looks like the books show that they gained an extreme amount of money from the revenue sharing system and never put it back into the team.  Like the old saying goes "if it smells bad it is bad" and this thing smells from high heaven.  Bud Selig doesn't want another scandal so they will probably come out of this thing squeaky clean.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:45 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Horrible contract for an injury prone SS. And one Reyes' speed goes he's done. That will happen in no less then 4 years so enjoy it while it lasts Fish fans. We all know from your other pro teams that buying championships just doesnt work out.
I think it's worth the risk even if Reyes had inury problem in the past, Reyes has played 125 games per  season the last 2 years.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:40 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

I'd like to see how this investigation pans out down in South Beach.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:32 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.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:29 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

He's a good player when He's not on the disabled list.
It seems as though He gets hurt a lot. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:28 pm

One Headache Gone

Yankee fan and Mets are right up there with BlowSox as least
favorite teams. Having said that, the Mets have lost a distraction
with Reyes goin' far tatas.

The looney bin is filling to capacity in Miami, with, Ozzie, Reyes,
Ozzie's son, Samson and Loria. Now we find out how Hanley's move
to third will upset the chemistry of the team.

There seems to be a willingness to sign players high price, high
profile players helter skelter with no Master Plan.

It would be ironic if the Marlins don't draw, have a high payroll
and have to pay a luxury tax.

Baseball fans in Miami deserve better.

As far as Cespedes goes it will be interesting to see how he hits
without an aluminum bat! 

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:23 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

um, didn't reyes just win the nl batting title....?

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:21 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Do you even watch baseball?He lead the NL in BA and was 3rd overall, lead the league in triples, 10th in SB,15th in runs. All while playing only 126 games.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:16 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Who is Cespedes rumored to be signing with? You have got to figure with Guillen, Reyes and Ramirez as well as the Cuban influence in Miami they have to be right up there.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:16 pm

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

What a great deal for Reyes.  He is a good fielder, a below average hitter, and an ocassional malcontent.  They don't have enough money to buy a championship team for their new stadium.  It is a good deal for Reyes... 

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