Saturday, December 03, 2011

Marlins Pursuit of Jose Reyes and Other Free Agents might be hampered by team's policy against no-trade clauses


Marlins baseball operations president Larry Beinfest spoke with beat writers late this afternoon. And despite all of the buzz around the team’s pursuit of free agents, Larry offered little insight.
“We have nothing to announce, nothing to report on,” he said when asked about multiple reports that the team has reached an agreement with closer Heath Bell.
The Marlins are pushing hard to sign Jose Reyes this weekend, but that was not something Larry talked about, either.
“It’s hard to say,” he replied when asked about the chances the team could sign at least two players before the winter meetings start Monday.
“We’ve been active. We’ve been trying to do some things since the season ended. It’s always hard to put down a timetable.”

Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Marlins’ biggets obstacle in signing pitcher Mark Buehrle is the team’s policy against including no-trade clauses in contracts.

Beinfest didn’t talk about the Buerhle negotiations, but he said in general the team’s policy has never been a big obstacle in the past. He noted that Carlos Delgado didn’t have a no-trade clause in the four-year, $52 million contract he signed with the Marlins in January 2005. (Delgado was traded after the ’05 season to the Mets.)



When asked why the Marlins don’t include no-trade clauses, Beinfest replied: “I don’t know that I want to go into the ins and outs of it. It’s just something we’re comfortable with, that we believe in paying fairly.”

On how much dialogue the team has had this week with free agents:

“We’ll just keep that internal. We’re having conversations with free agents, we’re having conversation with teams. We have looked at everything. It’s very fair to say that right up to right now, and I’m sure through the weekend and into Dallas, we’re gonna continue on that path. There’s been chatter on both fronts. That’s normal this time of year.”

On whether he is happy or frustrated with the team’s off-season so far:

“We would like to have more things done than we have been able to complete but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have things… We have things going that we think can come to fruition. We’re hopeful that they do and we’re just going to stay on it. It’d be nice to have some things done. I’m not gonna use the word disappointed but we’d like to have some players in place.”
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