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Jose Reyes’ new contract is extremely backloaded

Dec 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

The Marlins finalized their six-year, $106 million agreement with shortstop Jose Reyes on Wednesday afternoon at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. What they didn’t reveal is how dangerously backloaded the money on that contract is. Here’s the tweet from Joel Sherman of the New York Post:


In other words, Reyes will earn just $10 million in 2012 and 2013, $16 million in 2014, then a whopping $22 million annually between 2015-2017. Which may or may not create some problems.

The Marlins, as with any franchise debuting a new stadium, have a few guaranteed years of strong attendance numbers. People will want to see the place, and they’ll want to see the new stars that the Fish are bringing in this offseason. But what happens if those attendance numbers begin to dwindle after the┬áinitial┬árush? What happens if Miami misses the playoffs for the first few seasons at the new park in Little Havana and the buzz suddenly wears off? Good luck executing another fire-sale with that kind of guaranteed money.

  1. cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Damn what a great deal from JR’s standpoint. As he gets older, he gets paid more, regardless of his play. From Marlins standpoint, though, this thing has albatross written all over it.

  2. phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    EL OH EL!

  3. cshearing - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    So, start the rumours now; who’s the favorite to trade for this guy in 2.5 years?

    • phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      the Mets :-)

      ok.. i will take on that much $$$

      • wintwins - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        After seeing Vernon Wells get moved last season, I think anything’s possible.

      • phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:47 PM


    • jwbiii - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      Jeter’s contract is through 2014.

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