Saturday, December 3, 2011

Marlins Won't Include No-Trade Clause In Deal For Jose Reyes?

In a post today on The Palm Beach Post Blogs, Joe Capozzi, wrote that the Marlins do not believe they will need to include a no-trade clause while pursuing free agents this winter. President of Baseball Operations for the Marlins, Larry Beinfest, had the following to say:

"I don’t know that I want to go into the ins and outs of it. It’s just something we’re comfortable with, that we believe in paying fairly."
This report comes on the heels of a Ken Rosenthal report that this policy has had a direct negative effect on the team's negotiations with free agent starting pitcher, Mark Buehrle. I would expect much of the same when the organization talks to other higher profile free agents this winter.

Furthermore Jose Reyes, whose previous deal was considered by all to be an absolutely steal, is in search of his first 'big boy' contract. With rumors swirling that Reyes is really only interested in playing in New York, Miami or Los Angeles, it would seem logical that he would want some sort of trade stipulation in his contract. Otherwise, Reyes could find himself dusting off his jersey in a much less appealing marked in a few years time, if the Marlins continue a trend where they jettison high profile players long before the end of their contracts.

I don't mean to jump the gun, but with the news of the SEC investigation, this no-trade clause issue, and reports that the Marlins are looking to push Jose to sign sooner than later, I have to say that I'm starting to like the Mets chances more and more.

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