As first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Miami Marlins and free agent SS Jose Reyes are on the verge of a six-year, $106 million deal. The oft-injured Reyes won the batting title for the Mets (.337) and stole 39 bases. Reyes is one of the league’s best players, but has dealt with many injuries during his nine-year career. Reyes has played fewer than 133 games in each of his last three seasons.
The Marlins do have a very talented shortstop of their own (Hanley Ramirez), but will likely move him to a corner position.
The Mets apparently offered him five-years, $75 million, but that wasn’t enough to get it done.
Reaction: It’s a disgrace that the Mets let Reyes go, but that’s the nature of the beast. Reyes clearly wanted the biggest payday and playing for Ozzie Guillen was probably a deciding factor. The warmer climate in Miami may also help Reyes avoid injury. Expect even fewer fans to show up to Citi Field this year as Reyes will wreak hell on the Mets for years to come.