17 November 2011
The Marlins had said all season long that they were going to be aggressive this off season and thus far they have been loud and aggressive. Last Friday the Marlins unvailed their new logos, colors, and uniforms as they officailly became the Miami Marlins, and news also got out that the Marlins had given substantial offers to Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. While news has not gotten out about the Buehrle offer, the Marlins reportedly have offeered Albert Pujols a 9 year deal under $200 million and Jose Reyes was offered a 6 year deal at close to 90 million. It was a good first offer to Pujols, but there is a pretty good chance that to sign Pujols a team will have to crack the $200 million dollar mark.
However the Reyes deal seems pretty solid and at this point most people seem to believe that their is a better than 50/50 shot that he will land in Miami. If the Marlins do land Reyes it is 100% that he would be the Marlins short stop while Hanley Ramirez will be moved to to third base or short stop. More than likely Hanley would be moved to third after the Marlins spent last season trying to get Chris Coughlan ready to play center, which he played decently when healthy, but also the Marlins are believed to be the front runners along with the Yankees to land Cuba defector Yoennis Cespedes once he offically declaired a free agent.
Finally the Marlins have reportedly made and offer to Mark Buehrle, though no details have been leaked, and they also sat and talked with his agent at the GM meetings this past week.
Finally the Marlins have also inquired about Oakland Athletics left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who is a Miami native. While he is avalible, it is unsure what it will cost the Marlins to aquire him.
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