Jose Reyes Marlins
December 5, 2011 by staff
Jose Reyes Marlins, Move over (to third base), Hanley Ramirez. As long as he passes a routine physical, Jose Reyes will become the Miami Marlins’ new shortstop. Reyes and the Marlins agreed to terms on a six-year deal that will reportedly pay him $102 million, the largest contract the Marlins have ever given to a player.
“Done deal,” said a source with knowledge of the agreement.
Reyes, the National League batting champ last season with a .337 average with the Mets, agreed to join the Marlins after the team sweetened their initial offer to an amount he couldn’t refuse.
The Marlins have been courting Reyes since one minute after midnight on Nov. 3, the first time free agents could start talking to other teams.
By increasing their offer to Reyes, they knocked the Mets out of the running to hang on to their shortstop. The Mets were reportedly willing to give Reyes no more than five-year deal worth $75-80 million.
With Reyes moving to South Florida and joining the Marlins in time for the opening of their new ballpark, incumbent shortstop Hanley Ramirez will move to third base, albeit reluctantly. Sources have said that Ramirez is not thrilled with the move.
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