December 5, 2011

Marlins Sign Jose Reyes

By - Kris Fletcher

Shortstop Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins agreed to terms on a six-year deal Sunday that will reportedly pay him $102 million, the largest contract in team history.

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Reyes, the National League batting champ last season with a .337 average as a member of the New York Mets, agreed to join the Marlins after they sweetened their initial offer to an amount he couldn’t refuse.

By increasing their offer, Miami knocked the Mets out of the running to hang on to Reyes. New York was reportedly willing to give him no more than a five-year deal worth $75 to $80 million

The Marlins had been pursuing Reyes since one minute after midnight on November 3rd, the first time free agents could start talking to other teams.

With Reyes now coming to town, Hanley Ramirez will move to third base, albeit reluctantly. Sources have said that Ramirez is not thrilled about changing positions, but the team has no plans to trade him.

The deal with Reyes comes one day before the start of baseball's winter meetings, where Miami is also expected to officially announce the signing of closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract.

And they're not done by a long shot. The Marlins plan to add more players and raise total payroll to close to $100 million for next year.

While I'm all for an organization trying to better itself, my question is this: Where exactly is all this money Miami is throwing around all of the sudden, coming from?

Just a thought.


  1. You bring up a good point. The Marlins have always been known as a team that dumps its good players at seasons end to save cash, now they are spending money left and right. It does make you wonder.

  2. They paid entirely too much for Reyes. No way he's worth anywhere near that kind of money.

  3. Looks like they may get Albert Pujols as well. It's shaping up to be a big offseason for the Marlins.