According to ESPN.com, Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins have agreed to a six-year, $106 million deal with a team option for a seventh year for $22 million or a $5 million buyout (which makes the total worth $111 million guaranteed), pending a physical.
The deal reportedly does not include a no-trade clause, and if the deal goes through Hanley Ramirez will either be traded or moved to third base.
This deal has been rumored for the past few weeks. Based on numbers, Reyes is worth that type of money because he is a four-time All-Star and led the NL with a .337 batting average in 2011. He also stole 327 bases in his six full seasons in the majors, topping out at 78 stolen bases in 2007 and stealing 39 bases in 2011. When healthy he is a menace on the basepaths.
Speaking of health, the main concern with giving the 28-year-old Reyes a long-term deal is his chronic hamstring injuries. Reyes has only played an average of 132 games per year over the last seven seasons.
Carl Crawford's deal last year has lowered Reyes' value this offseason. Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Boston Red Sox and had a terrible year. Reyes, like Crawford, relies on speed, and as he ages that speed will diminish and his value will follow, so $17.67 million per year may be too much.
We knew the Marlins were going to be buyers this offseason because they are moving into a new stadium, and they have shown that by signing Reyes and Heath Bell. The Marlins also seem interested in starting pitcher Yoennis Cespedes and C.J. Wilson, who is reportedly going to be making a decisionthis week. The Marlins also reportedly made offers for Albert Pujols and Mark Buehrle.
We will have to wait on Wilson, Cespedes, Pujols and Buehrle until later, but right now it has to be a good feeling to be a Marlins fan knowing that your ownership is in "win now" mode.