As reported by Jon Heyman earlier today, the Miami Marlins have upped their offer to six years, $111 million for Jose Reyes. As a direct result, the New York Mets are now out of the running (I know, I was surprised to hear the Mets are still a baseball team also).
If the deal goes through, there is the potential for some serious fallout:
First, we will know that it was Jose Reyes that brought closure to the Chicago Cubs title drought. Also, he probably used some of his money for a hover board. If you don't get that reference, look it up, butt-head
Second, the Marlins already have a former All-Star, batting champ and MVP caliber shortstop in Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez fell out of favor somewhat with management last year. He was benched early in the season and never really found his stride.
Could Reyes be his replacement? Would the Marlins be willing to part with Ramirez? And if so, can someone pull Brain Sabean away from the grab bag of utility infielders he is about to randomly choose from?
The Giants actually have trade chips at the moment, plus a glaring need for a shortstop. Ramirez has three years, $46.5 million remaining on his contract, a completely digestible number for the Giants considering what he would bring to the team. If the opportunity is there, the Giants should not hesitate to jump at it, even if it means parting with highly-touted first baseman Brandon Belt.
Mind you, this could all be a Mario 2-style hallucination moment I am having. The Marlins could just move Ramirez to third and bat them 1-2 in the lineup. Then sign Albert Pujols and bring back Craig Counsell just for kicks.
But if we are dreaming, why not dream big, and less Jerry Hairston-y.
EDIT: Deal finalized for six years, $106 million. Ramirez reportedly to move to third
12/6-EDIT: A "credible source" now says Ramirez would rather be traded than switch positions