The Marlins are looking to make a splash this off season. The much anticipated Jose Reyes bidding begins tomorrow. Jose Reyes will meet with the Marlins and their owner, Jeffrey Loria, to hear their sales pitch for the star shortstop's services. Hanley Ramirez has said he would move to 3B to accommodate Reyes.
The Marlins will be moving into a new crib for the 2012 season, and are expected to have some money to spend. On the other hand, the Mets appear to have about 37 cents to spend this off-season.
Although the scenario of Reyes leaving is terrifyingly real, the Mets have asked that once Reyes receives offers, that they come to the Mets to allow them to make an offer to try and keep Reyes in the only baseball home he has known.
The Marlins are also set to meet with free agent White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. Buehrle has spent all 12 of his professional season with the ChiSox. He is familiar with new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, but will that be enough to land the stud pitcher? Probably not. Buehrle is from the Midwest, and might opt to stay closer to home.
Where does this "news" leave us? The same place it did a couple of weeks ago. Although frightening, Reyes visiting the Marlins is just Jose dipping his toe in the free agent pool. If Reyes and his agent allow the Mets to make an offer after all offer have been previously made, there is still a
Fasten your seat belts Mets fans, it's going to be a long curvy ride.
Sources: Ken Rosenthal Fox Sports, Baseball Reference, Jon Heyman Twitter