Most media outlets are reporting that Jose Reyes agreed to a 6 year/$106 million contract with the Marlins that includes a seventh year option at $22 million with a $4 million buyout. The Marlins are not giving Reyes a no-trade clause. He’ll join recently signed Heath Bell and incumbent shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the Miami roster.
It’s a sad day for Mets fans and it looks pretty silly that the Mets didn’t trade him during the 2011 season when they could have gotten something for him. The Mets will not receive the Marlins first round pick because of the Marlins poor record last season.
There’s been a lot of chatter this week about Jose Reyes having two meetings with the Marlins since he hit free agency. The Marlins executives were in New York last week for a meeting and Reyes was in Miami for lunch and a tour of the new stadium on Wednesday. But don’t expect a quick resolution to Reyes’ contract situation.
Reyes is one of the top free agent position players available this offseason along with Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. As such, the top free agents will typically meet with several teams to gauge interest.
Although it seems like a long shot that Reyes will re-sign with the Mets, and it probably is a very long shot, don’t expect a quick resolution to a contract with the first team Reyes meets with. The Marlins have plenty of issues to deal with including how to handle the fact that they already have a shortstop that probably won’t want to leave that position. Hanley Ramirez’ value as a player is drastically reduced if he isn’t a shortstop anymore. It’s one of the premium defensive positions and even more so for a player that can really hit.
Although I usually stick to Mets news, this story will impact the National League East for many years. Fish Stripes is reporting that the Florida Marlins are close to a deal with Hanley Ramirez to extend his contract for an additional six years.
The deal would be the largest financial commitment in team history. That’s amazing considering the Marlins have won two World Series’ in the last eleven years.
The deal is reported to be for six years/$70 million and buys out Ramirez’ first three years of free agency. Hanley must really need the big money now because he’ll probably be making A-Rod type money at some point in his career. He’s definitely giving the Marlins a discount.