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Is Jose Reyes worth $106 million? Not to Mets GM Sandy Alderson, he isn’t.
“We’ll see whether those rumors turn out to be true,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told ESPNNewYork.com. “If they are true, I think that Jose at this point is beyond where we would have been.”
Several media outlets are reporting that Reyes has agreed to sign a six-year, $106 million deal. Reyes is guaranteed $102 million over the first six years of the deal, and has a team option for $22 million in Year 7 (with a $4 million buyout). The deal does NOT include a no-trade clause.
The signing means shortstop Hanley Ramirez will likely move over to third base to make room for Reyes, who is coming off the best year of his career. The 28-year-old hit .337 to “win” his first batting title with 31 doubles and 16 triples to go with 39 stolen bases.
Reyes, who was durable through the early part of his career, has battled significant injuries the last three years. That didn’t scare of Miami though, who is opening a brand new stadium next year and wants to open with a bang. The team has already signed closer Heath Bell and is said to be serious about signing Albert Pujols as well.
Don’t the Marlins know this “buy every best player” strategy has not always succeeded? (See Heat, Miami).