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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 27, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:51 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

Good riddance Jose...enjoy your time in Florida...It is all about money......oh well as a NY Met fan....wish him well....

Since: Jun 21, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:39 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

Like all of the other posters, I too agree this is too much cash for Reyes.  He has a recent history of injuries, and has not played a full season for three years now.  Perhaps the Marlins are just overpaying to show they are a serious player in the Free Agent market, but the team also needs to be smart about who they are willing to pay.  Sure there is a new stadium involved, and ownership wants to fill the seats.  Winning is the only way to do that.  Reyes is a prima-dona, Hanley is a punk, spoiled, injury-prone, and lazy.  Add Ozzy in the mix and while there will be fireworks, the Marlins certainly are not going to win.  Between those three players, there is too much " ME " and no " WE ".  The money used should have been tossed to Albert.  He would put Hanley in his place, and brought professionalism  to the clubhouse.  AP is a champion and winner, that is more than Bell, Ozzy, or anyone else on the Marlins can claim.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:34 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

Suddenly this team has very interesting.  All these years they cried poor and couldn't draw flies, now they have money to burn.  What a joke.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:28 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

Not quite sure what the talk is about Reyes not having any power... the guy has potential to hit 15-20 homers a year, but you wouldn't see that in Shea Stadium or Citi Field... Miami's new stadium will be short down the line... 335 and 340 I think, and Reyes' home runs are usually down the line.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:19 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

As a Mets fan I am gonna be sad to see him go, but I am even more embrassed by the Mets organization when they field a minor league squad and try to pass it off as a contender next season.  DO US ALL A FAVOR AND SELL THE FREAKIN TEAM WILPONS!!!!

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:06 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

If Reyes stays healthy for the duration of this contract it is easily worth it.The problem is he won't.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:03 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

This move will back fire for the Marlins. Reyes can't stay healthy with his hamstring issues and moving Hanley to third isn't going to work. The transition to third is not easy and will require a lot of work for Hanley, who isnt exactly known for his work ethic. He will either demand a trade or just flop at third. They should probably try trading Hanley for a stud number 1 pitcher to pair up with John Johnson(who also can't stay healthy).

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:55 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:52 pm

Report: Marlins' offer Reyes $111 million

As a Mets fan here im siding with Alderson and Co to let reyes walk.  Even if the Mets had the money that the Madoff case is probably holding up I still would not want to pay Reyes $18.5m/ season.  That is not a smart investment.  Reyes had a terrific walk year with numbers  .337 avg and .382 obp well above very good lifteime numbers .290 avg and  .340 obp.   But Reyes is a big injury risk with pesky hamstrings that could flare up at any time. I dont think Reyes is a franchise player.  He should not be a teams highest paid field player.  I think he is an all star caliber player that needs to be surrounded by other all stars.  He plays great defense and has great range and arm strength.  Its hard for a leadoff hitter to carry any&
nbsp;team but remember thats  why the mets flirted with batting reyes third in the order for a bit which was a big disaster.  He is....what he is.... and the mets currently have too many other problems to solve and dont need to add an overpaid shortstop to the top of that list.  Lets go with Tejada. 

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:49 pm

Marlins' up offer to Reyes, Mets bowing out

Sometimes you have to overpay to let players in future free agent markets know that you're serious about winning.

Did Washington need to pay the kind of money that Werth got last year?  Probably not, but it puts them in to be considered as serious players.

I'll bet that Pujols will actually entertain an offer from the Nats.

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