01 December 2011
With baseball currently in their winter meeting now is usually the hot bed for hot stove talk in MLB. The Marlins have vowed to make some big moves this offseason, and while they have certainly been one of the loudest teams in terms of hot stove talk they have yet to close the deal on any major players. Here are the latest updates form players the Marlins are supposedly interested in acquiring.
Albert Pujols- The Marlins are still the only team that has offered Pujols a contract thus far, but this week the Chicago Cubs have begun their courtship of Pujols. This brings the total number of teams that have expressed interest in the All-Star first baseman to just three (Marlins, Cubs, and Cardinals), so while it is expected that the Cardinals and Cubs will offer Pujols more money, the Marlins are technically still very much in the running to acquire him.
C.J. Wilson- The Miami Marlins played host to the lefty pitcher on Monday. Their has not been any news on whether or not the fish has offered him a contract or not. Right now C.J. Wilson is the top free agent pitcher on the market so if the Marlins want him they are going to have to fight off teams like the Rangers, Yankees and Red Sox to get him.
Jose Reyes- It has become clear that Jose Reyes has become the Marlins top target in free agency. While many fully expect the Mets to offer him a contract for more money than what that Marlins had originally offered, some where less than $100 million, the Marlins are then expected to make a counter offer. A good sign for the Marlins might be that their are rumors that Reyes could be making his second visit to Miami today.
Carlos Guillen- According to ESPN the Marlins maybe taking a look at Guillen, the 36 year 2nd baseman who has played the last few years for the Detorit Tigers. Guillen can also play some corner outfield, but even still he does not make that much sense for the Marlins to acquire as the team stands right now unless as a backup role.
Heath Bell- According to a tweet sent out by Joel Heyman of SI.com the Marlins have begun to talk to free agent closer Heath Bell. The Marlins are looking to add a closer as they are preparing for a scenario where Juan Carlos Oviedo, a.k.a. Leo Nunez, will not be allowed to return to the U.S. and play next year. According to the Miami Herold, Bell is looking for a deal that would be around 3 years at $30 million.
In other news the Marlins have finally shown images of Billy the Marlins new look for this up coming season.