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Report: Jose Reyes “almost a done deal” for the Marlins

Nov 11, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

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We knew that the Marlins met with Jose Reyes on Wednesday, but Jorge Sedano of 790 AM The Ticket in Miami tweeted last night that Reyes is “almost a done deal” in Miami.

This would certainly be a major deal for the Marlins.  It would mean Hanley Ramirez would have to move, most likely to third base. Not that he shouldn’t keep his shortstop pants in his locker given Reyes’ injury history, but still.

Today is the official unveiling of the Marlins new uniforms, logos, and team name — the Miami Marlins — how freakin’ huge would it be if it was also the day they reeled in their biggest free agent catch in years?

  1. lembeck4 - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    I’ll be surprised if he averages 120 games played per season over the next five years – wherever he ends up.

    • Ari Collins - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      He’s getting older, and he’s missed time recently, but keep in mind that even with his leg issues he’s only missed 120 games once in the last 7 years.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        I presume you mean he only failed to play at least 120 games in a season once in the last 7 years. The way you phrased it sounds well… funny! Any player missing 120 games in a season practically missed the whole season :D

      • Ari Collins - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        Yeah, I realized that too. I really meant to say, “he’s only missed the 120-game mark once in the last 7 years.” You can see my words almost but not quite getting there. Like the little sentence that couldn’t.

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

        More fun with stats:

        Reyes – Games Played:
        ’11 – 126
        ’10 – 133
        ’09 – 36
        ’08 – 159
        ’07 – 160
        ’06 – 153
        ’05 – 161

        So your original way of saying it was technically correct even if it wasn’t what you meant!

      • rexryanisablowhard - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM

        More aptly, he’s averaged only 98 games over the past 3 seasons, after averaging 158 the prior 4 seasons. That’s a 38% decline, not insignificant. Even if you throw out ’09, you are still talking about an 18% decline, also not insignificant for someone looking for big bucks over mulitple years. Caveat emptor!

    • 78mu - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      The Marlins might make the most sense for Reyes.

      They have a great option to play SS when Reyes is hurt. I wouldn’t tell Hanley to stop taking fielding practice at SS if Reyes is signed.

    • Old Gator - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      Macondo would be good for him. Jackson Memorial Hospital is just a few blocks south of the stadium.

    • 1chinatown - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      And the other problem is attendance. They have never drawn, and even with an enclosed new stadium, there are no guarantees. Typically the south is short on any pro sports. This is one huge risk.

  2. sdelmonte - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    It must be one huge deal if Jose doesn’t seem to talking to anyone else.

  3. hasbeen5 - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    When he’s healthy he’s a dynamic player though. If I were the Mets I would have kept him over Wright.

  4. Ari Collins - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Wowzers.

    • Kyle - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Word up. This would be huge. Not something I expected at all.

  5. phillyphreak - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Is it safe to assume that they just slide Hanley to third? I honestly haven’t been following this that much but he will make 15 million next year. Has anyone speculated that they could try to trade him?

    Interesting developments…..

    They kind of have to do all of this stuff though….they need to hope their singing and stuff creates enough sustainable buzz for a few years

    • Ari Collins - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      Maybe CF. Dominguez is at 3rd, Bonifacio in CF. Bigger hole in the OF.

      • stlouis1baseball - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:10 AM

        2nd Base?

      • spudchukar - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

        Dominguez has Gold Glove 3B credentials, but he cannot hit. Bonifacio is better suited for CF. Infante at 2B, and move Ramirez to 3B. That would be a tough line-up, lots of speed at the top, and Ramirez, Sanchez, Stanton, Morrison to drive them in. Maybe one more starter, and resign Vasquez, and the Miami Marlins are a contender.

    • Old Gator - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Spuds, you’ve been swallowing the party line. Dominguez has gold glove hands. He’s as slow as a steamshovel on his feet. And we still don’t know if he can hit his weight. Why would you move Hanley to 2nd when Omar Infante is there?

      My guess: if Hanley is healthy in April, he plays center or (shudder) third, and once he proves he’s healthy and can hit like the Hanley of old, they move him for more pitching EYPs or a real third baseman.

      Incidentally, anyone speculatin’ on a hypothesis about what’s going through the Hanster’s mind these days as he watches the Rayes carnival unfold? I don’t take him to be the forgiving type, you know?

      • spudchukar - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        Mi Amigo, I kinda think that is pretty much what I was aclaimin’, except for the slow-footedness of Dominguez which is correct.

      • Old Gator - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        Ah, I blogged too soon. The Hanster speaks:

        http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111110&content_id=25953844&vkey=news_fla&c_id=fla

        Right. All smiles, but you can already detect the early predications of clubhouse cancer in his comments, cantcha?

        Gotta love the Chihuahua’s malaprop: “We’ll jump off that bridge when we come to it.” He must have gone to Cornell.

  6. seattlej - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    I’ll believe it when it’s announced. This reeks of an agent leaking info to drive up his price.

  7. anotheryx - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    They might as well rename the team Miami Heat

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      Not until they bring in Pujols (not gonna happen)

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 11, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      That name’s already taken.

  8. yankeesfanlen - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Don’t know what this does to the NL East in the long run. Let’s say the Marlins win 10 more games, and the Mets lose 10 more. Phillies are still on top and Braves will hold on to Wild Card potential.
    Would have been nice to have Reyes move across the river to replace Beep-beep, but Jose wouldn’t have made it past the hair policy.

  9. hushbrother - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    So the Marlins are about to pay a guy 20 million a year who’s extremely likely to go back to being a 3-4 WAR player for the duration of the contract after his fluky 2011. Reyes is a very good player, but I’m sorry to tell them they won’t be getting their money’s worth.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      fWAR by year:
      ’06 – 6.1
      ’07 – 5.8
      ’08 – 6.4
      ’09 – 0.8 (played only 36 games)
      ’10 – 2.9
      ’11 – 6.2

      When was he a 3-4 win player again?

      • Ari Collins - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        Reality has a well-known Jose Reyes bias.

  10. marshmallowsnake - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    I hope he bunts in his first at bat, and then takes the rest of the contract off.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      Hahaha! Great stuff Snake! Well done sir.

      • marshmallowsnake - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        yeah, I admit…I laughed when I typed it :)

  11. bigleagues - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Governors from the tri-State area have preemptively issued a suicide watch at area bridges.

    Obviously a keen eye will be cast upon anyone wearing Met’s apparel – especially Jose Reyes shirts – but also of particular interest is anyone sporting Marlins garb near bridges. No one in NYC should be ever be seen wearing Marlins gear, especially in Winter – its a sure sign something isn’t quite right with the individual.

    Seriously, Met’s fans, don’t do it. You will get an extra 1st Round pick and a supplemental pick.

    I’m going to NYC tonight just to keep an eye on my Met’s fan buddy.

    • sdelmonte - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      Hey, don’t look at me. I will miss him, but I knew going in that the Mets just were not likely to get him. My only “regret” is that they didn’t trade him for prospects, but the draft picks will do quite nicely.

      And while I hope he lands outside the division, at least he’s not going to the Phils. (Though, if my suspicions are correct, he will be an albatross for half of his contract. Would have made my tiny heart happy to see him and Howard’s contracts in the same city.)

    • Kevin S. - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      Actually, Miami is one of the worst places for him to go. The Marlins finished in the bottom half of the league, so their first-round pick is protected. The Mets would get the eighth or ninth pick in the second round. Among teams that could conceivably spring for Reyes, only the Reds and ChiSox would be worse (or a team also signing Pujols/Fielder). Best-case scenario would involve the Nats or Giants signing him.

      • bigleagues - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        Excellent pick-up on the 1st Round Pick protection. I had forgotten about that.

    • bigleagues - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      Just got off the phone with my friend the Met’s fan – he’s in complete denial. This guy who has gone to 10-20 Met’s games a year for the last 12 years and has Met’s gear dating back to when he was a baby is telling me that he has sworn off the Met’s. That he’s all done. Not buyin’ it. Kept mumbling something about Rey Ordonez.

  12. mianfr - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Usually the best way to fix your struggling star is to bring in another star at his position, especially one who is injury prone.

    • Ari Collins - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

      Yes. Because then your star, who struggles defensively, can move to a position better suited for him. And if your new star gets hurt, hey, you’ve got another guy who can (mostly) play his position.

      • spudchukar - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM

        Correcto Ari. Plus this makes a move by Ramirez easier to swallow. He isn’t being moved because he sucks defensively, but because they have an exciting player who happens to be a SS.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        And not only that, Hanley seems to have endorsed the Feesh bringing on Reyes, indicating a willingness to move off the position for a superior option. And yet he’s a guy who has a rap for not being a team player. Hmm.

      • Alex K - Nov 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

        Kevin- Hanley needs to go to the Michael Young school of team leadership. Bitch to the media and then ask to be traded. That is the stuff of clubhouse leader right there.

  13. The Baseball Idiot - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Bigger than Albert?

  14. uyf1950 - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    For Reyes to be willing to sign this early in the process the Marlins must be overpaying.

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