DALLAS -- The Marlins didn't wait for the winter meetings to start before making a splash here in Big D. They jumped the gun on Sunday -- one day before the start of the annual gathering -- by agreeing to terms with Jose Reyes on a 6-year, $106 million deal.
Reyes needs only to pass a physical for the deal to become official.
That the Marlins won out on Reyes hardly ranks as a surprise considering they have been courting him since one minute after midnight on Nov. 3, the very moment free agents could start talking to other teams.
The signing of Reyes, which follows that of closer Heath Bell, will surely put total payroll for next season in the $100 million range.
Reyes joining the Marlins forces the move of incumbant shortstop Hanley Ramirez to third base. Because it's a move that doesn't exactly thrill Ramirez, who fancies himself a shortstop, it'll be interesting to see how the situation develops during spring training. Keep in mind, too, that Ramirez is coming off surgery to his non-throwing shoulder. But the Marlins have NO intention of trading Ramirez.
So tell us what you think? Do you like the Reyes signing?