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MLB Free Agents 2012: What Jose Reyes to Miami Would Mean for Hanley Ramirez

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02:  Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 2, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Robert KnapelCorrespondent INovember 8, 2011

The Miami Marlins are looking for a superstar who can help them when they move into their new stadium. According to Jerry Crasnick, they have both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder on their radar, but the Marlins have already begun to speak with another big-name free agent.

Jose Reyes is considered by some to be the next-best free agent on the market. The Marlins immediately identified him as a target and contacted him just one minute after the free-agent signing period began.

This information may lead some to question whether or not the Marlins actually consider Hanley Ramirez to be a superstar since they are considering bringing in another top flight player who plays the same position as him.

Reyes would provide a huge spark to the Marlins' lineup and would also give them one of the most exciting players in the game. His ability to get the crowd pumped up and excited to go to the ballpark will be very important to the Marlins as they attempt to get fans to fill the seats at Marlins Ballpark—something they struggled with at Sun Life Stadium.

While negotiations are still only in the early stages, the Marlins will face a bit of a conundrum when it comes to what they want to do with Ramirez. There are only two options: The Marlins could either ask Ramirez to change positions, or they could trade him.

Marlins' manager Ozzie Guillen has already stated he has not ruled out having Ramirez changing positions; it seems as if third base would be the most likely position for Ramirez to play.

There are two other options for the Marlins if they do not trade Reyes, but neither of them seems very likely. Ramirez could move to second base, a position that he played in 11 different games during his time in the minors. The other possibility is he could move to the Marlins' outfield.

The final option for the Marlins would be to trade Ramirez, but this would likely be the last scenario the Marlins examine.

If the Marlins sign Reyes and decide to trade Ramirez, they would be able to get a solid return for him. There are a number of teams that would have an interest in Ramirez if he were to hit the trade market.

He would be one of the most desirable players on the market. and the Marlins could bring in a number of players to build around. This would be a drastic move, but it could have a huge impact on the future of their franchise.

While all of this is just speculation at this point, it could become a real problem for the Marlins if they do sign Reyes.

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