jose_reyesThe Winter Meetings are usually the starting point in the MLB off season where you start to see the big time MLB free agents get serious offers and start to sign with teams.  Well the Marlins got things started early by agreeing to a six year $106 million contract with short shot Jose Reyes.  Reyes was the Marlins top priority this off season and made sure they got their man by increasing their original offer to a point that Reyes' old team, the New York Mets, had to bow out of the bidding.  The deal is the richest in Marlins history and will become official once Reyes passes a physical.

With the signing, it fills a couple of holes in the Marlins team that the front office was looking to fill.  First off it fills the hole at third base since now Jose Reyes will take over at shortstop and Hanley Ramirez will be moved over to third.  This move will alos continue to improve the Marlins defensively, which is something the team stressed last off season.  Also the addition of Reyes will give the Marlins a top of the line lead off man, and will make a batting order that already included LoMo, Stanton, Hanley, and Gaby even that more dangerous.  Maybe most importantly is that this move shows the fans that the Miami Marlins are not the Florida Marlins.  The Miami Marlins are not going to nickel and dime the fans, selling off its super stars.  Instead this is a team bent on winning now and is willing to go out and spend some serious money to get the top players in the league.

With the Marlins signing the top player on their wish list, Jose Reyes, the Marlins are now going down to their number two guy, Albert Pujols.  The Fish may have just spent a bunch of money, but that is not going to stop them apparently from still going after Pujols.  I still don't see him landing in Miami, but as of right now it is still just between the Marlins, Cubs, and Cardinals.  The other thing is that the Marlins have two other major holes that they need to look to fill.  The first being center field and the other being another front end of the rotation starter.  The Marlins are very much in the mix with the top free agents in both those areas, and while in the past it would have far fetched that the Marlins would get one of those guys this seems to definitely be a new day.