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Added December 5th, 2011 by Chalk
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Marlins, Jose Reyes Agree To Six-Year, $106 Million Deal

The Miami Marlins made a big splash on the night before baseball’s winter meetings, agreeing to a six-year deal with free agent shortstop Jose Reyes that will be worth at least $106 million, pending a routine physical. It’s the richest contract in Marlins history, and will pay Reyes $102 million for the six years and also includes a team option for a seventh year with a $4 million buyout.

Reyes, 28, played his first eight seasons in the Majors with the New York Mets, winning the National League batting title last year despite two stints on the disabled list with a bum hamstring. The Mets reportedly weren’t willing to go higher than five years at $80 million. “I think there was an understanding … of what we were talking about in a complete contractual sense,” said Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. “But we did not make a formal offer.” Mets fans aren’t exactly shocked to see Reyes go.

Over the past few months, the Marlins have changed their name from Florida to Miami, hired longtime White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to lead the team, and agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract with free agent closer Heath Bell. Clearly, the team expects the name change and a new stadium to catapult them into contention in the National League.

Of course, the Marlins also have a pretty good shortstop in Hanley Ramirez, but he’s expected to move to third base or the outfield to accommodate Reyes. In Flushing, Ruben Tejada is the likely successor at short for the Mets.

 
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