Olney expects Marlins & Reyes to agree on a 5-yr deal

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, “one person familiar with the Marlins’ strategy said the proposals (to Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols) were ‘preliminary’ in nature.”

“The Brewers and possibly Tigers seem likely to be among other potential suitors for Reyes, who’s been asked by the Mets to come back to them for a possible offer after he’s done shopping,” Heyman writes.

Posted on November 11, 2011, at 1:10 pm:

In a video for ESPN.com, Buster Olney says he expects the Marlins and Jose Reyes to eventually find common ground on a five-year deal worth roughly $95 million.

According to Olney, “They are seen as the team that’s going to be most aggressive and he certainly fits the style that Ozzie Guillen loves to play.”


Matthew Cerrone (posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 1:32 pm): The fact that Olney expects the Marlins and Reyes to reach common ground on this type ofdeal would suggest that their current offer is for less (and not to Jose’s liking). I’ve been saying this since last night, but I don’t think people are truly understanding it, in that the Mets want to re-sign Jose, but (at least from what I can tell) they had no interest in setting the initial price. In other words, once it was clear that Jose planned to test the open market, and he would not negotiate at the end of the season, the Mets must have figured there was no benefit in saying a number first. I’m sure Jose’s people did not want to do the same. And so, off he went… and now there is an offer from the Marlins.

Now, here’s where things get interesting. I assume the Mets will now reach out to Reyes, or Jose’s people will reach out to the Mets, as well as the Tigers, Phillies and Nationals. The buzz around Reyes has long been he will not leave a penny on the table. He will take the most money possible. Actually, I’ve heard he is more interested in the overall value of the deal than he is with the number of years. So, the question is: How much more than five years and $100 million are these other teams willing to give Jose?


Last week, FanGraphs asked it’s community to predict the contract Jose Reyes will end up signing this winter. According to Eno Sarris, the voting resulted in that community predicting Reyes will sign a 5.8 year, $101 million contract.

Last week, roughly 7,000 people voted in a similar poll on MetsBlog. Their votes averaged out to giving Reyes a 4.6-year deal paying him $18 million per season.


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