Yes, the Milwaukee Brewers plan to meet with the agents for free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes at the winter meetings. No, they will not be a serious bidder for Reyes — at least not in the range of the Marlins’ reported six-year, $90 million offer.
The Brewers, like many teams, are wary of allowing media reports to set the markets for free agents. They want to hear firsthand what Reyes and other players want before determining how to proceed.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and third baseman Aramis Ramirez are among the other prominent free agents who have received inquiries from the Brewers.
“That’s why we’re here at the meetings — to meet with people,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Sunday. “It doesn’t mean we have that (same) level of interest.
“There is a perception that we’re going to spend $20 million if we don’t get Prince (Fielder). That’s not right.”
The reason, Melvin said, is that many of the Brewers’ remaining players will earn significantly more in 2012 than they did in ’11.
Second baseman Rickie Weeks will go from $3.5 million to $10 million, right fielder Corey Hart from $6.5 million to $9 million, left fielder Ryan Braun from $4 million to $6 million, right-hander Yovani Gallardo from $3.25 million to $5.5 million.
In addition, reliever Kameron Loe will enter his second year of salary arbitration, and outfielder Nyjer Morgan and third baseman Casey McGehee are arb-eligible for the first time.
— Ken Rosenthal