The Winter Meetings have only just begun and the bar has already been set at shortstop, where Jose Reyes has reportedly signed a six-year deal with the Marlins in the neighborhood of $110 million.
Various reports, including one from ESPN Deportes and one from FoxSports, have the shortstop signing with the Miami Marlins for an amount believed to be between $106 and $110 million. The Associated Press also believes Miami will also include a club option for a seventh season that would make the deal worth $120 million if exercised. The Mets were believed to be the only other team in serious contention for the 28-year-old shortstop, who hit .337/.384/.493 with seven homers and 39 stolen bases in 126 games last season, setting a career high 143 OPS+.
Rollins, who is the most attractive remaining free agent shortstop, played in 142 games for the Phils with a 101 OPS+ in a season that could be described as "career average." Rollins, who signed a long-term deal in 2005 and won the MVP in 2007, wants five years, and in the opinion of this site, will get it, especially now that an even bigger injury risk in Reyes obtained six guaranteed years. The Mets' offer reportedly fell short because they weren't willing to push it beyond five years.
Rollins has set a date to meet with the Brewers and Phillies this week. In the words of one reader, the Phils have already entered "ridiculous" mode in their deals to Jonathan Papelbon and earlier commitments to Ryan Howard and others, so there's little reason to believe the Phils will stay conservative in an area as vulnerable as shortstop.