Jose Reyes to the Marlins: Quick Reaction
According to Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal, the Miami Marlins have agreed to a 6-year, $106MM deal with former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.
If true, it’s a good gamble for the Marlins. Along with Ozzie Guillen, he will bring fans of every race, creed, and color to Miami, but especially the Latin-American contingent.
Six years? Maybe not so smart. Reyes has had trouble staying healthy, and proved it in 2011. The Mets, along with every other team in the majors, stayed away from Reyes this offseason, following his stints on the DL.
The Marlins seem like the 2005 Mets. Willing to spend exorbitant amounts of money to draw fans. Their spending may not be finished. They have offers out to Albert Pujols and Mark Buehrle as well. Will their spending pay off? Recent history has suggested that the winners in the offseason (often the Mets) have not been winners on the field. Just ask the Washington Nationals (helloooo, Jayson Werth).
What does this mean for the Mets? More money to spend on the bullpen, and other areas of need. A couple of more draft picks to build for the future. And for a team at least reportedly $400MM in the red, a little more flexibility for the future.