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5:41 PM – “Marlins source tells me Jose Reyes is NOT a Miami Marlin,” team beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has said on Twitter.
5:36 PM – MLB Network Radio saying they are NOT reporting Reyes to Marlins. Hearing elsewhere it IS happening. From Maury Brown via Twitter.
5:27 PM – According to Maury Brown, MLB Network is reporting that Jose Ryes to Marlins is a DONE DEAL and pending a physical.
4:49 PM – Dino Costa of SiriusXM Radio, first reported that Jose Reyes has agreed to sign with the Miami Marlins.
Costa says the deal hinges on whether current Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez agrees to move to third base. If that happens, “this deal is done.”
As Jorge Sedano, a contributor for the Miami Herald, first reported via Twitter that a team source told him that Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins is “almost a done deal.” The news quickly gained steam and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, then reported that the Marlins have made significant offers to both Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Albert Pujols.
Yesterday, team owner Jeffrey Loria announced during a team ceremony, “This is an exciting moment in the history of the Marlins. The dream of our fans has finally come true.” Asked about the Rosenthal report, Loria said: “We made offers, but I’m not going to discuss them.”
Team president David Samson added, “What our job is, is to build a team with contingency plans,” Samson said. “We are going out and being very aggressive with free agents who we think can help the team. We have a first choice. We have a 1-A and a 1-B. This week did not happen by accident. We knew exactly who we wanted to see and when we wanted to see them and we are planning from there.”
As I reported Friday, Reyes is considered by many to be leaning heavily toward the Marlins and has a more realistic possibility of becoming a Marlin more so than Pujols.
Marlins officials said the shortstop loved his visit on Wednesday, and he wants to play in Miami. Reyes seems tailor-made for the market, has close friends on the team already and was very impressed by the new ballpark.
Regarding the Marlins new-found willingness to spend, Loria added, “We’ve never been penny-pinchers. We just haven’t had the ability to do it in the old stadium. Now we’re looking forward to a new era. It’s a new age.”
I’m calling in some markers from a few that owe me one, so stay tuned while I try and confirm this.
If this is true, dozens of people with egg on their faces…
More to come…