Report: Miami Marlins Sign Jose Reyes to 6-Year Deal

Billy SmithCorrespondent IIIDecember 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 27, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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ESPN is reporting that the Miami Marlins and shortstop Jose Reyes have agreed to terms on a contract on Sunday night that would be worth $111 million for six years.

Earlier this offseason, the Marlins offered Reyes a six year, $90 million deal, which Reyes rejected.

Reyes is coming off the best year of his career, as he batted .337 while a member of the New York Mets and went on to win the team's first ever batting title. He ends his Met career with a .292 average along with 370 steals and 740 runs scored.

This move should signal that Hanley Ramirez, the team's primary shortstop the past few seasons, will move to third base to make room for Reyes (unless he is traded). The Marlins made it clear that signing Reyes was their main priority this offseason.

The Marlins are looking to make big moves this offseason. They have already signed free-agent closer Heath Bell and are also in the hunt for the offseason's biggest prize, Albert Pujols, according to the ESPN report. The Marlins are evidently looking to be contenders in their new ballpark next season, so these signings make sense if they want to compete.