Free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes had lunch at a Miami restaurant today with Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and owner Jeffrey Loria today, according to a tweet from ESPN 790’s Mike Ryan.
It was reported earlier this week that the Marlins had offered a contract to the reigning National League batting champion. The 28-year-old 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 that one of the players would have to change positions, as it is unlikely that the Marlins would look to move Ramirez.
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 New York 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.