Miami, FL – The Miami Marlins are seemingly conducting business in a much different fashion than the Florida Marlins, as the club has reportedly signed prized free agent shortstop Jose Reyes to a lucrative contract.
According to several sources, including ESPN's Buster Olney, Reyes and the Marlins have agree to a six-year deal worth a minimum of $106 million.
The 28-year-old Reyes broke into the majors in 2003 and quickly became the Mets' everyday shortstop. Injuries have sapped his production over the past few years, but he hit a career-high .337 in 126 games last season, adding 39 stolen bases and 101 runs scored.
The previously tight-pocketed Marlins are moving to a new stadium next season after sharing one with the NFL's Miami Dolphins since becoming the expansion Florida Marlins in 1993.
This offseason has already seen them bring in a new manager in Ozzie Guillen, who led the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005. They had also reportedly offered a hefty contract to free agent slugger Albert Pujols and are close to adding shutdown closer Heath Bell, as per reports.
Reyes is apparently already in the fold, despite the Marlins having an All- Star caliber shortstop in Hanley Ramirez, who will likely be moved to third base.
Reyes, a four-time All-Star himself, is a career .292 hitter who has a .341 on-base percentage and 370 stolen bases in 1,050 games -- all with the Mets.