Reyes, Marlins a match
With financial flexibility and talent in place, Jose Reyes could make Marlins a contender
There were almost certainly some eyebrows raised earlier this week when the Miami Herald reported that the soon-to-be renamed Florida Marlins were actively pursuing Jose Reyes. The Marlins aren't usually big spenders on the free-agent market, and their acquisitions are typically of the bargain bin variety.
However, the Fish are moving into a new stadium next season, and with that should come a boost in revenue. And when you examine the rest of their portfolio, it becomes clear that the eventual Miami Marlins should stop at nothing to sign Reyes.
Here are a four reasons:
They severely underperformed
It would be easy to look at Florida's 72-90 record last season and conclude that the Marlins aren't close enough to contending to make signing Reyes worth it. But a closer inspection reveals that the Marlins were much better than their record indicated.
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