Jose Reyes is leaving New York and heading south this winter… South Beach, that is.
The 28-year-old Dominican baseball star, who most recently played with the New York Mets, has reportedly agreed to a $106 million, six-year contract with the revamped Miami Marlins, according to The Associated Press.
Reyes’ deal reportedly includes a club option for 2018 that would make the contract worth $120 million, although the official agreement hasn’t been announced yet.
Reyes—who signed with New York at the age 16—is a four-time All-Star and three-time stolen base champion. He’s also last season’s National League batting champion.
Preparing to move into a $515 million retractable-roof ballpark, the Marlins previously hired Ozzie Guillen as their manager and have stepped
up their efforts to recruit top-notch talent for the team, including another Dominicano: former St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols, who is currently a free agent.
The Marlins had initially made Pujols a nine-year offer for considerably less than the reported nine-year, $198-million offer from the Cardinals that Pujols turned down last winter, according to reports. And now sources say the Marlins plan to step up their efforts to land
the 31-year-old nine-time All-Star.