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Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 2:24 pm
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By Matt Snyder

This just in: The Miami Marlins are actively pursuing nearly every big-name free agent this offseason. Heath Bell is the latest name, but All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes has been connected with the Marlins for quite a while in rumors. And sources have told CBSSports.com's Scott Miller that the Marlins are optimistic they will land Reyes and are simply waiting on his decision. "Hopes are high," according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking. And it's not just the Marlins themselves thinking this way.

"Everyone seems to think Reyes is the right fit for the Marlins," a baseball source told Miller.

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Not only is the fit right, but the level of interest and ability to sign Reyes seem to have dwindled the number of potential landing spots. Jon Heyman reports that the Braves, Giants and Phillies are out while the Tigers and Brewers seem "iffy." Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com says the Tigers are out barring any late intervention by owner Mike Ilitch. Also, Knobler says the Brewers are out unless there's a huge change in plans.

So that basically leaves the Marlins and Mets, right? There aren't really many other teams left looking for a shortstop.

Reyes, 28, is a four-time All-Star. He won the NL batting title in 2011 (.337) while leading the majors with 16 triples and adding a .384 on-base percentage, 39 steals and 101 runs. He averaged 158 games played per season in 2005-08, but has since not played more than 133 in a season due mostly to leg injuries.

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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:30 am
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

You mean Juan Carlos Oviedo, right? Not Leo Nunez.



Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

@mistersimple - Is it possible you are unaware of how many games are in the major league season? If he's never played a full season how did he average 158 games a season over a four year span from 2005 through 2008? I guess MLB went to 200 games on your planet during those seasons.



Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

The Wilponzi's got out of most of that law suit unscathed..I think about 200M so they're not as broke as your making it out to be...just cheap...and Fred's said many times that he's a lifelong Dodger fan...well they're for sale so sell the Mets and buy the Dodgers and release us from hell



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

If you are the Marlins you got to be worried. You toss this 6 year $90M contract out there and everyone disappears.. Miami is either thrilled or terrified. Reyes has never played a full season, and twice had a hamstring injury that refused to go away until the end of the season to rest it. This is only worth it if it comes with Pujols or Feilder, if this is their big ticket, its a failure. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

That is the absolute best way to put this situation. These are the Marlins, and the Mets are basically saying well we can't compete with those guys, we don't have the resources. So if you know you don't have the resources to keep up with the Marlins, let alone the Phillies and Braves, what are you doing with your life? You're becoming a guy who took one of the richest sports organizations with one of the greatest fanbases in the world, and you're running it into the ground? You don't belong here


True , but the whole Madoff thing has left them economically crippled, so they might be just looking to shed salary and save their money.  It sucks, but they are in financial trouble. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

The Pirates need to make a play at Reyes.  They have no SS at any level.  Yeah, yeah, I know, they can't afford but b.s.!  I know they can afford him!  How else are they leading the majors in most money spent on draftees in the past 2 (or is it 3?) years?  He's a young palyer and the buccos would finally be paying someone based he's done AND on future potential rather than what a player did for 8 years before coming to Pittsburgh.  Bash me all you want baseball fans, but as a pirate fan, this is one move I feel they need to make (and I hope they make lol)!



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:45 am
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

Where are the Mets in this?  Florida Marlins taking their players away is just unacceptable.  If the Wilpons can't compete with them they should sell the team.  Sad state of affairs.

That is the absolute best way to put this situation. These are the Marlins, and the Mets are basically saying well we can't compete with those guys, we don't have the resources. So if you know you don't have the resources to keep up with the Marlins, let alone the Phillies and Braves, what are you doing with your life? You're becoming a guy who took one of the richest sports organizations with one of the greatest fanbases in the world, and you're running it into the ground? You don't belong here



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:40 am
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

Well the Marlins said they were raising payroll by about 25 million. Bell inking 9 mill a year doesn't take off 9 from the 25 mill increase, because the Marlins are actively trying to deal off Ricky Nolasco who is earning 7 mill. It is like a 2 mill increase. Don't forget Leo Nunez is making 5 mill and Bell just about guarantees Leo will be dealt off. 12 mill between 2 guys who have hurt the team a lot the past couple years is a significant improvement.

The Marlins just need to land Reyes and a pitcher to contend. They can deal off Hanley Ramirez since even an injured Jose has more value and a bigger impact than Hanley.



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:07 am
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

Reyes is injury prone regardless of weather. He's gonna always be a question mark due to the leg injuries. His legs are his bread and butter. I'd love to see him stay with the Mets but they are a huge mess and don't think they will offer what he is looking for. 



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:58 am
 

Sources: Marlins 'optimistic' on landing Reyes

Guillen was a SS, and Reyes also being a SS, I believe they would eevntually come into conflict regarding philosophies of the best way to play the position. Guillen is a hothead who insults his players.  If I were Reyes, I'd nix this deal and finish nmy career with the Mets;  better exposure and much more fan appreciation. For MLB, Florida is a ghost town. They Tampa Rays don't even get the fan support they need and look how good they've been. Marlins have won 2(?) WS, and yet no one knows who they are. If Reyes really has to move on, he should find a way to get to the Cardinals, Yankees or Phillies. He'd be recognized and valued more. Even Cleveland would build a following around him because there's a town who really loves their players, and through all the rough years, too. 


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