The Marlins may offer Jose Reyes a short but lucrative contract

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John Harper of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Marlins plan to offer Jose Reyes a three-year contract with a high annual salary. Like, north of $20 million a year.

That’s way shorter than your typical high-end free agent normally wants to sign, but give the Marlins points for creativity. And maybe it works on Reyes’ ego to say he’s the highest paid shortstop in the game.

We don’t really know what motivates these guys.  Personally I always think that it has to be miserable to be an injured or useless albatross of a player at the end of a long-term deal, so the idea of a shorter big dollar deal appeals on some basic level. But really, ~$60 million ain’t $100 million, and that extra dough in years five and six probably go a long way to making a fellow cool about being an albatross.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto reportedly asks to be traded

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Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.

Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.

Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.

Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.