Numerous media sources are reporting that free agent (and ex New York Met) SS Jose Reyes has signed with the division rival Florida Marlins late Sunday night. No specific documented numbers have been established but ESPN’s Buster Olney has the deal at 6 years, 106 million. Fellow ESPN expert Jayson Stark has a 6 year,102 million number with an option for a 7th year guaranteed at $4 million. Reyes,28, played 9 years for the Mets and won the National League batting title this season after hitting .337. During his tenure in Queens, he batted .292 with 370 steals and 740 runs scored. As more information becomes available, I will comment further but this looks like a done deal. This is a tremendous move for the Marlins, obviously, supplying them with an elite leadoff man and defensive stud at SS. Additional reports have current Florida SS Hanley Ramirez agreeing to move to 3B in the spring of 2012, a major position of weakness for the club. Supersub and spark plug Emilio Bonifacio and 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan will battle for the vacant center field position. Meanwhile, many media outlets have the Marlins preparing to meet with St. Louis Cardinals free agent 1B Albert Pujols agent Monday or Tuesday at Baseballs Winter Meetings “to make an aggressive run at Pujols over the next two days,” according to Stark. Incredible off season so far for the young and up coming Florida franchise.
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