Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/8/11

In a report to the Miami Herald, Clark Spencer states the Miami Marlins have contacted New York Mets free agent shortstop Jose Reyes “the moment” the free agent signing period began last week. According to Spencer:

AP

The Marlins are so enamored with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes that they were in contact with the player at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the moment the free agent signing period could begin. A contingent of high-ranking front office executives for the Marlins were spotted at Miami International Airport on Wednesday headed for New York, where Reyes’ agent, Peter Greenberg, keeps his offices.

The fact that the Marlins are 1) enamored by Jose — honestly, who isn’t — and 2) that Reyes is talking to other teams should come as no surprise. Jose has stated all season he would like to test the open market and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson seems content in letting him do so (so that other teams could set a market on the all star shortstop). So, here we are.

Heading into the off-season, the only team that truly scared me in the Reyes sweepstakes was the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have the money to spend and an owner that has shown willingness in the past to spend that money on marquee free agents; not to mention how well Jose fits Detriots’ needs. However, during our (Jay, Matt, and myself) appearance on the Happy Recap blog talk radio show Sunday night, Jay made an excellent point that got me thinking I may be worrying about the wrong team signing Jose.

“It just takes one team [to offer Reyes that big contract]. Look at the Miami Marlins. They are not just trying to rebuild a team for this year, they’re trying to build a new fan base for the next decade.”

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Jay is right. Signing a player like Jose Reyes is the kind of move that can invigorate a fan base, which is something the Marlins will be loking to do, as Spencer points out:

This much is certain: as the Marlins prepare to move into their new digs, they’re going all-out to jazz up the roster. Marlins president David Samson, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and general manager Mike Hill flew from Miami to New York last Wednesday to begin discussions with Reyes at the first possible moment./blockquote>

To listen to the MetsZilla staffs thoughts on Jose Reyes, check out our appearance on the Happy Recap Blogtalk Radio Show, by clickinghere.

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