NL Batting Champ To Get $106 Million, Miami To Hold 7th-Year Club Option

NEW YORK (WFAN) — According to multiple reports, Mets free agent shortstop Jose Reyes has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the reigning NL batting champion will sign a six-year, $106 million deal early this week.

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The report is devastating news for the Mets, who had hoped to re-sign their franchise player to a lesser deal. It is unknown what the Mets offered Reyes, but various reports say he turned down a six-year, $90 million offer from the Marlins earlier in the offseason.

Reyes, 28, is coming off a career season in which he hit .337, just edging out NL MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers for the batting title. Reyes batted .292 during his nine-year run with the Mets.

However, it’s possible Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson felt giving a player with a history of injury problems a six-year contract was too much of a risk. It’s also unknown how or if the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, a well-documented episode that has entangled Mets ownership, played a role in the team’s finances.

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The Mets recently lost starting pitcher Chris Capuano to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The left-hander agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract late last week and now with Reyes’ departure questions will surely surround third baseman David Wright, who could become a free agent after the 2012 season if the Mets trade him or do not exercise their $16 million option for 2013.

The Mets finished the 2011 season 77-85, 25 games behind NL East champion Philadelphia.

Please stay with WFAN and CBSNewYork throughout the day Monday for more on this developing story.

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