Multiple sources are reporting that the Miami Marlins have reeled in Jose Reyes — one of the offseason’s top free agent prizes.
The former Met reportedly accepted a 6-year, $106 million offer from the division rival. The deal also features a seventh year option worth $22 million.
The Mets are looking to slash money from last year’s $140 million payroll. Currently, there are six Mets under contract for just over $66 million.
Concerns about Reyes’ health aided the Mets reluctance in offering a long-term deal. Reyes played in 295 of a possible 486 games over the past three years. Reports indicate the team was hesitant about guaranteeing five years to the oft-injured Reyes.
When the speedy shortstop has been able to stay on the field he has been among the league’s top players. The four-time all star is coming off a career year — leading the National League in triples and becoming the first Met to lead the league in batting average.
Reyes leaves Flushing after nine years holding several Mets career records. He has scored the most runs in team history, hit the most triples and swiped the most bases. Reyes also has the second most at bats and hits and has hit the third most doubles.
As it stands now Ruben Tejada will replace Reyes as the Mets’ starting shortstop.