Fact: Every one wants Jose Reyes. Fact: Reyes is told by family to re-sign with the Mets. Fact: Hanley Ramirez is willing to move to make room for Reyes. Fact: Mets fans will die if Reyes goes to the one team who killed the Mets’ playoffs hopes two years in a row.
Whether this happens or not, we will not know until probably January. Do not expect to learn the fate of Reyes before Christmas. There are a lot of teams out there who would love to have Reyes, but few who have the cash flow to do it. Expect a minimum of three teams to battle it out.
Keep in mind that all teams have holes to fill and money is tight all around the league with attendance dropping. One team intent on being buyers are the Florida Marlins. Expect the Yankees and Phillies to buy as they always do. It doesn’t help the Phillies are looking for a shortstop. Yet with the Marlins now on the buyers market for a change, it will be interesting to see if Reyes would go there since it is closer to home, the Dominican Republic.
Do I think the Marlins have the cash? No way. Ozzie Guillen has made it known he wants Carlos Zambrano to join him in Florida. Despite the Cubs willing to take on most of his contract and the team moving to a new ballpark, they are still limited. I do not see them throwing over $100 million to one player.
So Ramirez can talk all he wants about moving to another position. I don’t want to hear it. No matter what, the Marlins cannot afford Reyes. Once every one gets over the new ballpark, they’ll stop showing up and the team will go back to it’s fire sale ways.
I would love to know how you the fans would feel if Reyes was to go to the Florida Marlins.