Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 11/8/11
They’re a long way from signing any of them, but the soon to be Miami Marlins are trumpeting the fact they have money to spend on some of this year’s most sought after free agents. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported late Monday that the Marlins have meetings set up with left-hander Mark Buehrle on Tuesday and shortstop Jose Reyes Wednesday. A source on Monday confirmed Rosenthal’s earlier report that a front office contingent will visit Cuban defector and soon to be free agent center fielder Yoenis Cespedes in the Dominican Republic Thursday. In need of a dependable No. 2 starter (preferably left-handed) to slot behind Josh Johnson, the Marlins were expected to kick the tires on Buehrle and/or fellow lefty free agent C.J. Wilson. The latter turns 31 on Nov. 18 and is expected to command a larger contract in terms of both years and average annual value than Buehrle, who turns 33 in March. Buehrle pitched for new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen in Chicago, but Rosenthal reported Buehrle —
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