Well, just like we were told in the Miami Marlins Off Season Outlook Jose Reyes’ team just had to be the Marlins. Now in a period when shortstop is arguably the thinnest position in the game, the Marlins have two of the top three on the same team. Hanley Ramirez will make the transition to third whether he likes it or not, and the Marlins now have a legitimate line up to throw out every day.
It is a six year, $106 million dollar deal pending a physical. Not only do the Marlins get the best shortstop in the game when healthy, but they just made Miami a much more attractive location for other free agents who want to play for a contending team. With an offense built around Reyes, Ramirez, Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, and an improving Gaby Sanchez, the team has one of the best young line ups in the league. With some pitching help, they could pose a serious threat to our Bravos and the defending NL East Champ Phillies.
Frank Wren doesn’t need to make a ‘response transaction’ but this does increase the pressure to improve the team. Atlanta is one of the best all-around teams in the game for the second year in a row but they definitely could use an offensive boost via an outfielder. There’s not a better time to make that happen than at the Winter Meetings which conveniently starts tomorrow (or today depending on when you read this) so cross your fingers for Swisher, Quentin, Jones, Kemp, whoever you really want. But don’t really expect Kemp…
Regardless of the moves Frank Wren makes it looks like we are stuck watching Reyes fly around the division for another half decade. Yay….