Free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes has received a contract offer from the Florida Marlins and is expected to meet with the team, according to a tweet from WFAN Sports Radio.
The reigning National League batting champion is considered to be one of the top free-agents on the market this offseason. The Marlins currently have an All-Star shortstop on their squad, Hanley Ramirez, which means if the club did sign Reyes, either one of the players would have to change positions, or Ramirez would have to be moved this winter.
In 2011, Reyes hit .337/.384/.493 with 39 stolen bases, 101 runs, and a league-leading 16 triples. Over the course of his nine-year career he has hit .292/.341/.441 and averaged 57 stolen bases per year. Reyes just finished a four-year, $23.25 million deal he signed with the Mets in 2007, which allowed the club to exercise a $9 million option to keep him for 2011. Analysts expect that he will demand a similar contract to the one that Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford was awarded this offseason, which was worth $142 million over seven years.