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Marlins go for the knockout, up Reyes offer to more than $100 million

    DALLAS -- The Marlins are showing Jose Reyes the money.

    Sources have confirmed an ESPN Deportes report that the Marlins have increased their offer to the free agent shortstop to more than $100 million -- a figure that gives the Marlins the clear advantage in the bidding sweepstakes for Reyes.

    UPDATED: Have just confirmed through sources that the Marlins and Reyes have agreed to terms on a six-year deal, pending a physical. "Done deal," said a source.

     The Marlins' initial offer to Reyes was a six-year deal for just under $90 million. But the Marlins have been courting Reyes since Day 1 of the free agent signing period and upped their offer on the eve of the winter meetings here in Dallas.

      According to ESPN Deportes, the Marlins offered Reyes a six-year contract worth $105 million that includes a team-option seventh year for an additional $22 million, which comes with a $5 million buyout. The Marlins are anxious for Reyes to make up his mind, and its entirely possible that the latest offer is their final one in an attempt to get him to decide.

      The Mets, who who were considered the Marlins' top competitor for Reyes, were reportedly willing to offer the shortstop no more than five years and $85 million, and there is already speculation that the Marlins -- with their latest offer -- are bidding against themselves.

        If the Marlins are successful in signing Reyes, incumbant shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be forced to third base, a position switch that doesn't appeal to him.

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Flav C

Early X-Mas gift?

K-Man

Who cares what Hanley want's. He needs to be a team player.

bob

Tell me they're not dumb enough to bid against themselves.

Either way, looks like the Marlins are going to land Reyes, unless he really doesn't want to play in Miami. That should get it into Hanley's head that he's not the best shortstop in baseball, and he better learn 3B fast. That position has been weak for the Marlins for years.

rbleigh

WOW! Go Marlins, officially a contender. And I even like the Bell signing now.

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