Updated 9:00 PM
* Jerry Crasnick of ESPN talked to a Marlins official who confirmed that his team has talked with free-agent SS Jose Reyes. According to Crasnick, the Marlins are also speaking to Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols.
It seems that they are intent on getting one of those big names to help showcase their new ballpark.
* Jon Heyman of SI.com says the Mets have asked Reyes’ agents what his “price” would be, to which they got no response; the Mets then told them to come back when “they’re done shopping.”
* The Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are so enamored with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes that they were in contact with the player at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the moment the free agent signing period could begin. “The Marlins love him,” according to one source with knowledge of the team’s interest.
* If the Marlins were able to sign the Mets shortstop, it would necessitate a position change for Hanley Ramirez, something he said in September that he would welcome and accept. “It would be nice to play next to him,” Ramirez said at the time. “He’s an energy guy.”
The Marlins will have plenty of excess revenue in 2012 and they are eager to spend it.
Original Post 2:10 PM
According to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, Jose Reyes has received an offer from the Miami Marlins, and he and his agent Peter Greenberg will visit with Marlins officials this week.
I’ll have more info up as I get it, but here we go, it was only a matter of time until teams began wining and dining Reyes.
I expect the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers to court Reyes very soon as well and wouldn’t besurprised if they’ve all reached out to him already.