MLB notebook: Marlins going fishing
By QMI Agency
|The Marlins, who have changed their name (formerly Florida Marlins) and are moving into a new stadium, also reportedly have made offers to outfielder Albert Pujols, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle and reliever Ryan Madson. (REUTERS)
The Miami Marlins seem prepared to shop until they drop.
The Marlins have offered free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes a six-year deal worth $90 million, Fox Sports reported Tuesday.
Reyes, one of the most coveted free agents, is expected to receive multiple bids.
The Marlins, who have changed their name (formerly Florida Marlins) and are moving into a new stadium, also reportedly have made offers to outfielder Albert Pujols, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle and reliever Ryan Madson.
DODGERS INK ELLIS
The Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed the signing of second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year contract Tuesday with a club option for 2014.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Ellis, 34, hit .248 with seven homers, 41 RBI and a career-high 14 stolen bases in 132 games while splitting the 2011 season with Oakland and Colorado. He batted .274 in 70 games with the Rockies.
"Mark brings a veteran presence to our lineup and he knows how to handle the bat," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. "On defence, he has been one of the most dependable second basemen in baseball over the course of his career."
Ellis led all big league second basemen with a .995 fielding percentage last year. He had a 102-game errorless streak during the 2007 season with Oakland.
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez won't be back with the Chicago Cubs. "That ship has sailed," his agent, Paul Kinzer, said. "We have a lot of interest in Aramis from different teams. But the Cubs will not be one of them." ... The Colorado Rockies are one of the teams said to be interested in oft-injured former star Grady Sizemore, who is currently rehabbing from surgery on his right knee. "Grady is on schedule to be ready at the start of spring training," his agent, Joe Urbon, said Tuesday ... Slugger Ryan Howard "is making encouraging progress" recovering from surgery for a torn Achilles tendon suffered in his final at-bat of the playoffs, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told the Philadelphia Daily News. It's thought Howard could be ready to play by late April.