The Marlins and Jose Reyes have agreed to a six-year, $106 million deal, pending a physical, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
The deal does not include a no-trade clause. Miami put on a full court press over the weekend to secure Reyes and ended up blowing their competition out of the water. The 28-year-old Reyes batted .337/.384/.493 for the Mets in 2011 and should be elite again at the top of Miami's lineup in 2012. Interestingly, Fan Graphs believes Reyes was worth $118 million over the previous six years. If he can somehow stay healthy, Miami won't regret the contract. If Reyes can't stay off of the disabled list, the Marlins may rue this day. Either way, it's hard to fault Miami's management for aggressively attacking the open market this offseason and paying for premium talent. Hanley Ramirez is expected to move to third base
I now officially HATE the Wilpons
I posted this on a Mets board, I am going to post it here to.
I don't mind the Mets not signing him to such a deal. I have admitted in the past, and before all financial issues really took ahold, that I understood why they would be hesitant to hand Reyes such a large deal. And I said I'd support their decision to not go that route with him. But I take issue with the charade the Mets played pretending they had a shot at resigning him while knowing they weren't going to be able to afford him. I give Alderson enough credit that I can't imagine that he was so out of sync with the market that he honestly expected a contract less than 6 figures would be enough to sign him. So I gotta think that they knew all along they weren't going to be able to re-sign him. And if they knew they couldn't afford him they should have traded him when it was apparent they weren't legit playoff contenders.
True to form the Wilpons made the worse choice possible. They took the cowards way out by refusing to take the bull by the horn, instead taking the road they probably assumed offered the least amount of friction. By that I mean they put the onus on another team to make a contract offer and on Reyes to accept it so that comes off like the Mets were genuine in their approach and fans can't be mad at them. Total B$ in my eyes since I feel they went into this knowing that Reyes was going to be out of their price range all along.