The team has made substantial offers to both Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols, according to major-league sources.
Pujols, who has played with the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire 11-year major-league career is this offseason’s prize free agent. The game’s premier hitter and quality first baseman turned down a nine-year deal in the $190 million to $200 million range to re-sign with the Cardinals last spring.
Reyes, with the Mets for nine years, has been hampered by injuries and limited to just 295 games the last three seasons. When healthy, he is a defensive highlight film and a lineup catalyst. He won’t turn 29 until June.
The Marlins, who today become the Miami Marlins, are coming off a 72-90 season. They finished last in the NL East. Ozzie Guillen has replaced Jack McKeon as the Marlins manager.