December 2011

Reyes atop Marlins’ shopping list

DALLAS — Heading into the Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday, All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes is at the top of the Marlins’ shopping list.

The Marlins are moving aggressively, and according to a league source, the deal on the table right now is for six-years, $90 million. It is doubtful the team would add more years to their offer, and it remains to be seen if they would bump up the current offer.

The Brewers are also courting the 28-year-old free agent, and present real competition for the Marlins. The Mets also are expected to talk with Reyes’ representatives at the Winter Meetings in hopes of retaining the veteran shortstop.

Miami also is coveting starting pitching. The team seems willing to spend the right amount of money on C.J. Wilson. It will be a matter of if the lefty wants to leave Texas for Miami.

Mark Buehrle, meanwhile, is a possibility. But Buehrle seeks a no-trade clause, which is something the Marlins’ don’t generally do. The no-trade clause could present a problem.

Joe Frisaro


LoMo to undergo knee scope

MIAMI — Logan Morrison will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday, and the recovery time for the Marlins left fielder is six to eight weeks.

According to agent, Fred Wray, Morrison is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

“He will be on bike in about a week, and he will be ready for Spring Training,” Wray said on Thursday. “So obviously, it’s not lengthy.”

The scope is to be performed by Marlins’ physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, in Miami.

Morrison has felt discomfort in the knee for a while. It’s the same knee that caused him to miss time in September after he crashed into the wall in Pittsburgh on Sept. 9.

Morrison appeared in 123 games, and he batted .247 with 23 home runs and 72 RBIs.

Joe Frisaro