Most predicated it, many already accepted it, but few thought the contract would be God damn fair. Last night, the Florida Marlins made a huge splash by inking former-(*sigh*)-Mets shortstop Jose Reyes to a six-year, $106 million contract.
The 28 year-old stud enjoyed one of his finest Major League seasons in 2011, posting a sensational .337/.384/.493 line with 7 HR, 16 3B, 31 2B, 44 RBI, 101 R, and 39 SB in 586 PA’s. According to Fan Graphs, Reyes was worth 6.2 fWAR or $27.8 million last season–which was more than double his value in 2009 and 2010 combined (0.8 fWAR and 2.9 fWAR, respectively).
Jose Reyes was pretty adamant about exploring free-agency, and the financially-handcuffed Mets didn’t stand a chance against the all-of-a-sudden spendthrift Florida Marlins. Needless to say, the Mets will sorely miss Reyes, and the Marlins (and their five fans) are in for quite a treat.
To read a more emotionally-filled reaction to Jose Reyes not re-signing with the Mets on Rising Apple, read “Sell the Team, Fred.”