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Jose Reyes was briefly moved out of the Marlins' leadoff spot because of his recent struggles.
Pujols isn't the only big-name free agent not living up to his contract early in the season. Jose Reyes enters Monday's play with a .205/.276/.321 average.
Reyes has been bad enough that Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen moved him to second in the batting order, pushing Emilio Bonifacio up to the leadoff spot. Bonifacio batting leadoff is something no one in the Marlins organization envisioned after signing Reyes as a free agent (well, maybe Bonifacio fantasized about it).
Guillen insisted to reporters that this is a temporary move and that he'll put Reyes back in his customary leadoff spot once he starts hitting again. In fact, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, Reyes is leading off in Monday's lineup versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Will the two-game "demotion" make any difference for Reyes? He's admittedly gotten himself into trouble by swinging at bad pitches, but did he get any different pitches to look at while batting in the No. 2 spot?
Reyes may benefit from the Marlins having no other suitable leadoff candidates, now that Bonifacio didn't perform well in that role. But if Reyes doesn't start hitting and getting on base, Miami is going to find it increasingly difficult to climb out of their current last-place standing.
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