Here’s a potentially interesting twist in the Jose Reyes free agent derby:
Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen didn't dismiss the possibility of shortstop Hanley Ramirez switching positions.
That, of course, could open up a spot for Reyes, although a pursuit of the Mets free agent superstar could prove to be cost prohibitive.
Granted, Guillen would love to have Reyes leading off for the team in its first season playing in its brand-new stadium.
Asked if he could envision any scenario in which Ramirez played a position other than shortstop in 2012, Guillen didn’t quash the notion. Ramirez indicated last season he would not be opposed to moving if the Marlins signed free agent and fellow Dominican shortstop Jose Reyes, likely a long shot considering Reyes’ injury history and the contract he’ll garner on the open market
“I just got there, and I just want him on the field no matter where,” Guillen said. “Does it have to be at shortstop? Does it have to be somewhere else? I just want this kid to be on the field every day and that’s what I’m looking for. The conversation was great. It’s up to the Marlins what they have in mind, what they want to do. As long as this kid is on the field and gives me four at-bats every day, that’s what I need.”
• The Mets plan on revealing their changes to Citi Field after the World Series, Newsday’s David Lennon tweets.
ESPN NewYork.com’s Adam Rubin has more on those changes here.