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MLB Free Agent Rumors 2012: Milwaukee Brewers Reportedly Targeting Jose Reyes

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MLB Free Agent Rumors 2012: Milwaukee Brewers Reportedly Targeting Jose Reyes
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The Milwaukee Brewers are once again at the center of everything that is MLB rumors, though not for their endeavors of re-signing former first baseman Prince Fielder.

According to SI.com’s MLB columnist Jon Heyman, the Brewers and Marlins are now among the leading contenders for the former Mets’ superstar shortstop.

Sources indicate that Reyes tops the free agent lists of the Marlins and Brewers, and other teams are likely to come into play, as well.

Reyes, who will likely seek a new deal at or near seven years this offseason, remains one of the most highly sought-after free agents available of signing this winter, after Fielder and Albert Pujols, and will certainly command a considerably expensive contract this winter.

Last season, the speedy shortstop made $11 million on his way to winning the NL batting title by just decimal points over Brewers slugger Ryan Braun.  He also validated his worth by notching 7 HR, 44 RBI, 16 triples, .384 OBP and 39 stolen bases.

His defensive capabilities make him a sublime addition for Milwaukee as they attempt to replace former shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt after a disastrous 2011 campaign with the Brewers.

In 2011, Reyes held his own in the field, maintaining a .968 FPCT and 4.32 range factor with New York.  He also turned 75 double plays and committed 18 errors in 124 games played.

With each passing day, it's becoming more likely that Milwaukee will be without Fielder next season and beyond.  He is reportedly "aiming to beat Mark Teixeira's $180 million, eight-year deal" and there's a good chance his new paycheck could be coming from Theo Epstein and the Cubs.  The cash that would have gone into re-signing Fielder could well in fact be used to bring in Reyes.

Outside of Reyes, the free-agent market is essentially void of any shortstop options for Melvin to act on.  That said, there's a serious chance Milwaukee pulls the trigger on Reyes this winter. 

Only time will tell if a deal comes to fruition.

 

Alec Dopp covers the Milwaukee Brewers as a featured columnist on Bleacher Report.  Follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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