If the Marlins’ interest in Jose Reyes wasn’t already being taken seriously, it certainly should be now.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the free agent shortstop met with Marlins officials on Wednesday afternoon in south Florida, dining at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab and taking a tour of the club’s nearly-completed ballpark in Little Havana.
No offer was made, but that could come as we move closer to December’s MLB Winter Meetings.
Reyes has already drawn serious interest from a half-dozen teams and is likely to command bids in the area of $100 million. That would normally be out of Florida’s price range, but the organization is suddenly optimistic about having consistently strong attendance numbers and opening new revenue streams.
Signing Reyes would probably mean moving Hanley Ramirez to third base or center field.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.
Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.
The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.