Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Miami Marlins have a new stadium, new uniforms, and a new lease on life. Now, the Marlins are starting to address the need for new talent on the field.
According to the New York Daily News, the Marlins are set to meet with free agent shortstop/second baseman Jose Reyes Wednesday.
Reyes is one of the biggest prizes in this year’s free agency period. He’s 28-years-old and just finished a season in which he hit .337 and had 44 RBI’s and 39 stolen bases.
Reyes is a four-time all-star and has spent his entire career with the New York Mets.
The Daily News said that rumors are the Marlins would offer Reyes a three-year contract worth more than $20 million a season to suit up at the new stadium.
Reyes would likely take over the lead-off spot for the Marlins. But, he has injury concerns, namely a problem with his hamstring.
But, the Marlins need to make major splashes in free agency to get enough of a buzz going about the team heading into the new stadium in Little Havana next season.
Landing Reyes would certainly be a big-time get for the Marlins.
It would also signal a change in owner Jeffrey Loria’s mantra of not having a big payroll.
But, the question is whether Reyes would accept a lucrative short-term deal or if he’s looking for a long-term contract from another team.