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The Marlins are upping their offer to Jose Reyes

Dec 2, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

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The Marlins must have gotten tired of wiseguys like me saying that they were just pretending to play in the free agent pool. Last night they put (too much) money where their mouth was and signed Heath Bell. Today we hear from Jon Heyman that they’re going to sweeten that offer they had out to Jose Reyes.

They’ll need to, as the last reported offer was really light. It was first reported as six years, $90 million, but later people were saying it was actually lower than that. While the teams in need of a shortstop — the Brewers and Giants — haven’t exactly been out front in the bidding yet, it seems like it’s going to take nine figures to land Reyes.

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    The Bell signing could only be spun positively if you consider it a “statement” signing. Reyes would be a better statement, and would, in fact, actually be a good BASEBALL signing as well.

    • paperlions - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      I think the statement made by the Bell signing was, “We don’t understand player value or the fungible nature of relief pitchers.”

      • Old Gator - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        How can you say that the Feesh don’t understand player value, much less fungibility? Just look at the clever, team friendly deal they made with John Buck. It may look like they overpaid, but I bet you they found a way to take depreciation on their catchers when they file their returns in April.

      • Kyle - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        I think you’re totally correct.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        Fungible- that’s a hell of a word. You get a gold sticker for such fancy splainin!.

  2. paperlions - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Say it was 6 years and $90M, or something in that neighborhood….has any other team made any kind of offer at all? Considering Reyes recent history, that deal could be a steal of Miami or could be a bust if he can’t stay healthy….would teams really risk more than that on him?

    • CJ - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      Should they? Probably not, but someone certainly will.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Dec 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Unless the Marlins have been informed of a competing offer they should just chill and see what comes up. They should play the waiting game.

    • Old Gator - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Tough to chill in Macondo, you know?

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