Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The Miami Marlins have a new ballpark, a new logo, and may be about to embark on a new era of actually spending money to have a great team.
According to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins contract offer to free agent shortstop Jose Reyes was for six years and $90 million.
But, considering Reyes’ ability and his play over the years, the offer was not looked upon kindly around the majors. Rosenthal said that baseball insiders believe the Marlins will offer competitive contracts, but not ones good enough to actually land the players.
By doing this, the Marlins could stave off fan criticism by claiming the team tried to sign the players but came up short in the end.
Even if the Marlins were to sign Reyes, there’s a question of what position he will play. Reyes has played his best at shortstop, but the Marlins already have Hanley Ramirez at shortstop.
Hanley has gone from encouraging the move, to potentially throwing a wrench into the works.
“I’m the shortstop. I’ve always been a shortstop,” Ramirez told CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
The Marlins know that Ramirez’s penchant for pouting has already cost them two managers and if he’s not happy the team signs Reyes, it could be an ugly winter for the team.