If you weren’t checking the internet or your twitter feed last night around half time of the Lions vs. Saints game, you missed the viral news spread that pending a physical, the Miami Marlins (yes, with the new stadium they will be playing in on comes a new name) and shortstop Jose Reyes agreed to terms on a six-year, $106 million deal. According to a source, the deal includes a club option for 2018 that would make the contract worth $120 million. Earlier in the offseason, Miami offered Reyes a six-year, $90 million deal, which he rejected.
Wait a minute; the Marlins have Hanley Ramirez you say. No, no, that’s new third baseman Hanley Ramirez. That’s right; Ramirez will be doing an A-Rod and shuffling over to third base giving the Marlins left side of the infield two out of the last three NL batting champions. Assuming Reyes can stay healthy which has not always been the case, and assuming Ramirez has recovered from the ills that only allowed him to play 92-games last season, Miami now as arguably the best left side of the infield in all of baseball.
The MLB winter meetings in Dallas don’t start until later today, but the Marlins are already well on their way to dominating Hot Stove news flow. Sunday it was the Reyes news, on Thursday, free agent closer Heath Bell agreed to a three-year contract with Miami, and now it appears that the Marlins may also be the front runners in the Albert Pujols sweepstakes as well.
The Marlins met with Pujols before Thanksgiving in Miami, just days after a similar session with Reyes, and made the free-agent first baseman a nine-year offer for considerably less than the reported nine-year, $198-million offer from the Cardinals that Pujols turned down last winter. The Marlins were able to snag Reyes on their second cast; will they be able to reel in the big fish on their second try there too?
I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, the Marlins have already spent $133 million this offseason on two players and the rest of baseball has spent $170 million. What the hell sort of Bizarro world am I living in?” Get used to it. For baseball fans, following the news of the winter meetings is one of the most exhilarating times of the year.
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